Raipur: Five people were injured as a mob of alleged Bajrang Dal members barged into a church in Khamardih, Chhattisgarh on Sundayduring prayers and began vandalising the room and attacking the people present.
“Members of the Bajrang Dal chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ charged into the church. They attacked woman, ripped their clothes off and also thrashed infants. They began alleging that people were being converted here. The police came here and seized the vehicles the attackers came here. They desecrated the Bible and some of the pictures that were hung on the wall,” Chhattisgarh Christian Forum President Arun Pannalal told reporters.
He asserted that it was a matter of shame for the government that minorities were being constantly attacked.
“This is the fourth attack on churchgoers in Chhattisgarh in the past five weeks. We are trying to get a First Information Report filed,” Pannalal said.
Broken chairs, damaged musical instruments and a desecrated altar could be seen inside the church which was vandalised.
“We were praying and out of the blue the men started attacking us. They attacked women and children. We tried to find out what their problem was but they gave us no explanation. They warned us that we must clear out from this place,” Reshma, a parishioner told reporters.
Those who have been injured in the attack have been rushed to the nearest hospital for immediate treatment.