Chhattisgarh: Youths allegedly vandalise church, thrash worshippers

Raipur, March 6, 2016 (PTI) : A group of youths today barged into a church at Kachna village on the city outskirts and allegedly vandalised the premises and thrashed the people present, police said.


“Around 15-20 youths entered the church premises located at Kachna village while prayer was underway,” Raipur Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar told PTI.

They damaged chairs, fans and other articles in the premises and even beat up the people present, Chandrakar said.

The accused were reportedly sporting saffron bands on their forehead, the ASP said. They fled the spot when the police arrived, he said.

Based on the victims’ complaint, a case has been registered under sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt), 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 147 (rioting) of the IPC, he said.

Three motorcycles belonging to the accused were seized from the spot, he said, adding efforts are on to nab the miscreants.

Meanwhile, president of Chhattisgarh’s Christian Forum, Arjun Pannalal claimed that it was the fourth attack on a Christian place of worship in the past one month in the state.

“Around 15-20 men with saffron bands on their forehead entered the church while Sunday prayer was under way at around 12 PM, and started vandalising the premises,” Pannalal said.

“They started damaging chairs and fans. They did not spare women and even tore up their clothes. They also thrashed an infant,” he said.

The assailants were heard accusing that people were being converted in the church, he said.

“A group of 40-50 people from downtrodden families in the village had set up the church under a tin shed, where they perform prayers every Sunday,” he said, refuting the conversion charge.

He said, “We are thankful to the police that they reached immediately and took the necessary action.”


  1. If the downtrodden families were sleeping on the roadside and cursing others, or crying for food, none of these BD street goons will bother them; but if these poor people are praying in Church and happy, these poor people are beaten and their property is destroyed under the label these jobless goons all across India have created called ” conversion, and to make it more strong, “forced conversion”. Can these goons take the count of the converted people engaged in terrorism and anti-social and anti- national activities? They will not find none. But the innocent people are beaten, which is called the new brand of “religious freedom” under the Gujarathi Imperialism.

    Six States in India have anti-conversion laws. Since the BJP came into power, nationwide the jobless street goons got a double diabolical inspiration to attack the people worshipping in Churches or their homes. For example, go back to 2008, how the Christians were persecuted in Karnataka when Sri. Yeddyurappa got the power. Now, India is the Republic of cattle kingdom.

    • Anti Conversion law: 1:5

      Don’t you worry saar. You can still get idiyappam at 10 paise and masala fosa at 25 paise.Convert your dollar and eat to your heart’s for the screeching of coronaries and the Cong I gulle naris.

      • Convert your dollar and eat to your heart’s for the screeching of coronaries and the Cong I gulle naris. – Dronu Sugam

        Arre yaar, Dronu…

        Let him eat to his heart’s content! God forbid, if anything goes wrong he will give you a shout. after all, you do KNOW how to perform a Heimlich maneuver, don’t you?

  2. “Meanwhile, president of Chhattisgarh’s Christian Forum, Arjun Pannalal claimed that it was the fourth attack on a Christian place of worship in the past one month in the state”

    It is unacceptable to attack anyone, but 4 attacks on places of worship in 1 month, something’s wrong here and the narrative that people are being forced to convert does not hold any weight.

    This begs the questions what action is being taken at all levels of government? Why are the masses silent and where are the condemnations? There are good and bad people all over the world, but when so many attacks have taken place over the years and very few convictions it will create fear in society and does not sit well when we boast that we come from the land of “Ahimsa”. Further it will embolden other’s to attack defenceless Christians, lower caste Hindus, Muslims and all those who speak against the government.

    I sincerely hope that the Modi government does all what it takes to reassure all the above who afflicted in a small of big way, that his government follows the rule or law before it is too late and get’s labeled as a fascist organization.

  3. As expected, AS Beef Mathew from Beef Club didn’t waste a second before spewing his anti-sanaathana hatred using this incident as an excuse. He has already made the connection to Bhajaranga Dala even though the report doesn’t mention any connection to the organization. Well, he doesn’t want to wait for more details as he and his group are entirely driven by religious bigotry taught by foreign masters over generations!! Majority of Indians know about these ‘kutantri’ tactics and that’ why we have a ‘sangha prachaaraka’ in the highest office.

  4. Dear readers,
    During independence day address to the nation Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that he would like to run the country on the basis of consensus and not on majority in Parliament and called for a 10-year moratorium on caste and communal violence in the country.

    Despite PM Modi’s ‘Mann ki baat’,Communal violence in India has registered a jump with incidents rising by 24% and related deaths too up by 65% in the first five months of 2015 as compared to the corresponding period of last year, when the UPA government was in the saddle.

    There are fears that the landslide victory for India’s right-wing BJP party could herald an escalation of attacks against religious minorities, including India’s Christian community.There have been a growing number of attacks against Christians by extreme nationalists, pursuing the Hindutva ideology that to be Indian is to be Hindu.
    The huge electoral success of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been described as a victory for ‘muscular nationalism’.

    Its leader, Narendra Modi, stands accused of failing to prevent the 2002 religious riots in his home state Gujarat, which killed more than 1,000 people, mainly Muslims.India’s Christian minority has also come under repeated attack from Hindu extremists. Many of these have been from the far-right RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), which gave its strong support to Narendra Modi. The aim of the RSS is to turn India into a Hindu nation.
    Christians make up less than 6 per cent of India’s 1.2 billion population. Hindu nationalists have been open and violent in opposing the church. Militants have murdered several pastors and beaten others. They have attacked and threatened churches and their congregations.

    Persecution has been particularly intense in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states in the south. Pastors of independent churches in rural places – a significant area for church growth – have been targeted.

    In 2008, Hindu extremists launched a campaign of anti-Christian violence in Odisha (formerly Orissa) state, which left more than 120 Christians dead and more than 50,000 displaced.

    At a point of time there was a slogan by RSS combine, Pehle Kasai Phir Isai (First the Muslims then the Christians). And lo and behold that was the pattern of communal violence, first it began against Muslims and in the decade of 1990s Christians were also put on the chopping block. It must be a real ingenuity of RSS combine, popularly called Sangh Parivar to rope in the Kerala Bishops Council to fight against the Love-Jihad, a word coined by their propaganda mill, a word which combines two beautiful words and converts them into a tool to torment the lovers, in case the boy happens to be a Muslim and the girl a non Muslim. It is the latest tool to launch attack against Muslim minorities.

    Minority-bashing, one of the programmes of the Hindutva brigade, has attained serious proportions in Gujarat. The series of attacks on Christian places of worship and educational institutions in Dangs district in southern Gujarat by Hindu fundamentalists on and after Christmas day were severe in terms of scale and intensity.

    THE violence set off a storm of protests and led to calls for the dismissal of the Keshubhai Patel Government for its failure to protect religious minorities. Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee, under pressure from partners in the shaky coalition he heads at the Centre, criticised the anti-Christian campaign by the VHP and directed the State Government to take action to end the violence.

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    Modi magic has worked in the Christian-dominated villages of the tribal district of Dang after five years of Shabri Kumbh fair and more than a decade after the communal unrest against the Christians there.The Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been struggling to break into the two-front political scenario in Kerala for over a decade seems to have decided to move away from ‘Hindu unity’ plank BJP goes after Christians in Kerala.


    The sweet taste of setting a new record in the Kerala local body polls would have likely turned bitter in the mouths of BJP leaders in the southern state on Sunday as Bihar gave a thumbs down to the ruling party at the Centre in a decisive verdict. Patna might well be 2,800 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram, but the trouncing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) up north has soured the mood in God’s own country, a state in which BJP president Amit Shah has taken a keen interest.

    In Kerala, where the Sangh Parivar has a strong organisational presence but the BJP has never sent any representative to the Assembly or the Lok Sabha. The BJP and the Sangh has been highlighting among other issues the state’s “demographic imbalance”, hoping to consolidate Hindu votes. Sangh cadres are quoting census to show how minorities, including Muslims, have almost surpassed the Hindu population, which they say could prove “detrimental” for Kerala.

    A team of RSS-BJP leaders has been made in-charge of each Assembly constituency while RSS and BJP leaders are keeping tabs at the booth level.Late VHP leader Ashok Singhal played a crucial role in the coming together of the BJP and SNDP (Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana), which represents the electorally and numerically-powerful Hindu Ezhavas community. Ezhvas have traditionally voted for the Left. The BJP recently appointed VHP man Kummanam Rajashekharan as its state unit chief. Interestingly, Mr Rajashekharan belongs to the Nair community, which the BJP is wooing.

    Speculation is rife that two leaders close to the RSS, P.P. Mukundan and K. Raman Pillai, could be reinducted into the BJP’s state unit. Mr Pillai, who is the BJP’s former organisational secretary, had quit the party and floated his political outfit. Both Mr Mukundan and Mr Pillai also belong to the powerful Nair community in the state.

    Kerala Congress has strong clout in the various Syrian Christian communities in Kerala — especially in the districts of Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam which account for about 40-50% of Congress’ total seats.Already, one particular split-away faction of the Kerala Congress, called Kerala Congress (Thomas), is part of the National Democratic Alliance, having joined it when Vajpayee was the prime minister in 2001.

    Is 2016 Kerala assembly elections in ‘God’s own country’,will Christan side with BJP is crucial question.The community is already seen spike of atrocities against their churches,institute and nuns.Are BJP is going Dang way to woo Christian votes which already enjoy lower caste Ezhava community to open an account is only time will tell.

    Jai Hind

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