A group of Hindutva extremists on Sunday beat a Christian priest, Harish Sahu, inside a police station in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. They also assaulted Chhattisgarh Christian Forum General Secretary Ankush Bariyekar and a man named Prakash Masih over the allegation of forceful religious conversion.
The incident took place at the Purani Basti police station in Raipur. The police had received complaints of forced religious conversions being carried out in the Bhatagaon area. A few local right-wing Hindutva leaders, too, reached the police station shortly after. This followed a heated argument between the two parties, after which Sahu and the two others were subject to physical assault, NDTV reported.
The Christian leader Bariyekar lodged a complaint in this regard, after which several people associated with the Hindutva organisation were booked under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation.)
Religiously motivated attacks against minorities have been rising in India as authorities have failed to ensure strict actions in most such cases.