Orissa: Prayer meeting stopped, junior pastor injured in kandhamal

October 2, 2012 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-india, Orissa, Persecution

Bajrang Dal

Bajrang Dal ( file photo )

Orissa, September 24, 2012:  In Krutamgarh, Balligada, Kandhamal. Orissa, 12 Hindu extremists from the Bajrang Dal disrupted a prayer meeting and beat up a junior pastor, seriously injuring him.

According to our correspondent, Smeeta Pramanik, Pastor Krishna Chandra Deva was conducting a meeting reported at about 1 p.m. when the extremists forcibly entered the meeting, verbally abused them and started chasing them out.

The believers ran towards the forest to escape the attacks. However, the extremists got hold of junior Pastor Mantu Nayak when he fell into a ditch and beat him up mercilessly.

He suffered serious injuries to his head and fractures on both his arms. He had to be rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The police registered First Information Report against the attackers, arrested eight extremists and are still searching for the other four extremists.

– efi

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