Around 25 men move in a church in Raipur’s Kachna area during a prayer service, allegedly beat up the people inside and vandalised the church premises.
Eyewitnesses said the men entered the church at noon, raising slogans of “Jai Shri Ram”. They roughed up the men and even beat up the women. Around 65 worshippers were present at the time.
Arjun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh’s Christian Forum, who filed a complaint with the police, alleged that the miscreants were activists of Bajrang Dal.
“They started destroying everything and tore up the women’s clothes… They also knocked down a child… When the police came, they ran away,” he told the media.
The police have registered a First Information Report, or FIR, against unknown men and have seized three motorbikes from the church premises on which, they say, the attackers had come. The police, however, have disagree that any women were harmed.
A hunt is on for the attackers and efforts are on to trace the owners of the seized motorbikes, the police said.