8144POLICE IN INDIA ARREST 7 CHURCH LEADERS FOR `FRAUDULENT CONVERSION'
- Apr 22, 2006POLICE IN INDIA ARREST 7 CHURCH LEADERS FOR `FRAUDULENT CONVERSION'
Police backed by Hindu extremists arrested Avinash Lal, an independent
Pentecostal pastor from Jabalpur in central India's Madhya Pradesh state and
six other Christian leaders the night of Tuesday, April 18, on charges of
"fraudulent conversion." They were released on bail at midnight, charged
with "conversion by allurement" and "illegal religious gatherings." State
police burst into the home of Pastor Lal around 8:30 p.m. When he tried
telephoning for help, activists from the extremist Hindu group, Bajrang Dal,
grabbed his mobile phone. "Police barged into our house, and in loud and
threatening voices, they shouted abuses and began pounding the furniture
with their batons," he
said. "They slapped me while another policeman grabbed [another Christian
leader] by his ears. All the while we could hear the loud ranting of the
Bajrang Dal fundamentalists outside."
Source: Compass Direct