India: 500 extremists attack Christians with stones

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Religious extremists attack a Protestant church in Jabat, in Madhya Pradesh, pelting stones at Christian congregants. The attack left entrance of the church damaged over allegedly tearing the nationalist flag. International news agency reports that the saffron-colored flag placed outside the church was found torn.

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Details emerged that the enraged extremists started initially started pelting stones at the congregants in the church. In this regard, superintendent of Alirajpur district police, said that the case was immediately registered and the police arrived at the scene instantaneously made arrests.

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On the other hand, Pastor Emmanuel Ariel, explained that flags were not torn by the Christians but probably by the wind. He stated that the police did not act but were standing and watching while the extremists were attacking the Christians.

“RSS activists [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Hindu ultra-nationalist paramilitary group ed], the BJP and Bajrang Dal [youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, VHP] led by former district chief, threw stones at members of the community, attacked our women and broke the church lamps,” Pastor Ariel explained. He added that “all this happened before the eyes of the police officers, who stood by as silent spectators.”

Sajan K George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians, said that the incident indicates that the anti-Christians persecution has been on the rise constantly. “Religious tolerance and freedom of worship in India are deteriorating and violence is increasing,” he said.