A mob of about 100 Hindu extremists armed with swords, bamboo sticks and stones attacked Christians who were eating after a service at 8 p.m. on April 17 in Amtola village, Golpara District, Assam state, church leaders said. At least 15 Christians were injured, many of them wounded on their heads and upper bodies.
Church members of the area have fled the village in north east India. Right now there are no Christians in the village – all have fled,” said the Rev. David Boro of Guwahati. “The Christian families who were the main target of the attack are now under protection after being released from the hospital.
Not satisfied by just beating, the Hindu extremists broke into and destroyed the homes of Christian families in the area. 5 houses have been completely destroyed. A 7 year old girl has suffered serious chest injuries and clots in her brain.
The attacks started when 5 leading families of the Rabha clan began to attend worship services in the village after being healed from cancer by prayer. Since 2014 there have been attacks on new Christians in the village. Out of 5 families who became Christians, 2 have gone back to being Hindu due to constant threats and attacks.
Members of the Hindu extremist groups earlier also had physically attacked these families during the time of the Bihu [Assam’s cultural] festival.