A Christian school teacher and a priest attacked and beaten by supporters of BJP.
According to details, Nirmal Rani working at an English Medium School at Khursipar, close to Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh state, was targeted by violent thugs and supporters of the Baratiya Janata Party (BJP). This attack has provoked anger and distress among Christians in the central-northern Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
Archbishop Victor Henry Thakur, of Raipur reported the incident to FIDES saying, the vandals attacked the headmaster, and a priest, Father Ligo Mathew, falsely accused of using insults and violence with pupils.
After breaking into the school, the mob beat and insulted the headmaster. Some teachers, who heard cries and noise and ran to the spot, were also beaten. The local police, informed by other teachers, arrived to escort Fr Ligo to the nearest police station, while a crowd of extremists shouted slogans against the headmaster. The priest was taken before a magistrate who confirmed the charges issuing an order for 14 days detention. Later on, a request for bail made by the local Church was rejected. Subsequently, the attackers in a state of complete drunkenness returned to the school and damaged the headmaster’s office and other rooms.
Archbishop Victor Henry Thakur said, the local Catholic Church organised a day of prayer and fasting as a peaceful manner of protest and also to demand an impartial investigation into the event and for a report to be sent to the government commission for human rights.