Pastor, Christian leaders beaten up by Hindu mob at police station in Chattisgarh

A Christian priest Harish Sahu was beaten up by a Hindu mob inside a police station in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur on Sunday. Chhattisgarh Christian Forum General Secretary Ankush Bariyekar and a man named Prakash Masih were also attacked by the members of a Hindu right wing group.

The assault was captured on camera. Videos of the incident showed the priest being beaten with shoes.

The incident took place at the Purani Basti police station in Raipur, NDTV reported. This followed the priest, Sahu, was called in when the police received complaints about forced religious conversions. Members of the Hindu right-wing organisation had also arrived at the police station, demanding action against the Christian cleric.

“Sahu had been called to the police station after a right-wing organisation submitted a complaint against him that he is indulging in religious conversions. Accordingly, he came to the police station today along with Bariyekar and Masih. But a group of right-wing activists present there manhandled and abused the trio inside the chamber of the station house officer (SHO),” Hindustan Times quotes a senior police official as saying.

The Christian leader Bariyekar lodged a complaint in this regard, after which several people associated to Hindutva organisation were booked under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation.)

The incident came a week a Hindu mob of more than 100 people beat up after another priest, 25-year-old Kawalsingh Paraste, in his house in the state’s Kabirdham district after the assailants had accused Paraste of conducting religious conversions.