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Bajrang Dal activists chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ vandalises church in Raipur, 5 people injured

Around 10-12 people who were wearing saffron bandanna entered the church and ripped off clothes of female visitors and also threw a 2-year-old boy on ground.

Updated: March 6, 2016 4:17 PM IST

By Zeeshan Shaikh

Bajrang Dal activists chanting 'Jai Shree Ram' vandalises church in Raipur, 5 people injured

Raipur, March 6: Around 10-12 activist of Bajrang Dal on Sunday morning vandalised a church in Khamardih area of Raipur. The mob who were wearing saffron bandanna injured at least five churchgoers after they entered there chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’, news agency ANI reported. The attackers ripped off women’s clothes and also threw a 2-year-old boy on ground, said Arun Pannalal, President of Chattisgarh Christian Forum.

Pannalal reportedly said that on Sunday around 40-50 residents of Khamardih area of Raipur had gathered at the church for morning prayers in a house church in the town when the mob barged in and started beating up people with sticks. Even women and children were brutally attacked by the mob.

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Soon after the violence the Raipur police was informed about the incident who later detained three of the attackers. Locals believe that the attack was pre-planned by the fringe element living in the state capital. Read Also: (Mumbai church attackers have confessed to their crime: Devendra Fadnavis)

However today’s violence is not the first time that took place on Christians worshipping place in Chattaisgarh. In past five weeks this is the fourth attack on churchgoers that took place in Chattisgarh. Pannalal reportedly said, “We are trying to first file an FIR in the case”.

According to Pannalal the congregation that was attacked today is not officially affiliated to any church but a group of worshippers had sprung in spontaneously to meet and pray to Christ. A local pastor from Maharashtra comes and visits the congregation every week in the neighbourhood where such meetings among worshippers are held, explains Pannalal.

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