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Chhattisgarh: Right wing activists scuffle with priest, two others in police station over conversion

By PTI

Raipur: Members of a right-wing outfit allegedly assaulted and misbehaved with two others, including a priest and an office-bearer of a Christian organization, inside a police station in Raipur on Sunday. A senior official gave this information.

He said a group of right-wing activists accused Pastor Harish Sahu of indulging in religious conversion and assaulted him as well as Chhattisgarh Christian Forum general secretary Ankush Bariyakar and Prakash Masih inside Purani Basti police station.

“Sahu was called to the police station when a right-wing organization lodged a complaint against him that he was involved in conversion. Accordingly, he had come to the police station today along with Bariakar and Masih. But a group of right-wing activists present there attacked the station house. Inside the chamber of the officer (SHO), the trio manhandled and abused.

A video of the incident went viral on social media.

After the incident, Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav attached Purani Basti police station in-charge (SHO) Yadumani Siddar to the police line, the officer said.

He said that Bariakar lodged a complaint in this regard, following which several people were booked under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation). to be done.

The incident came just a week after a mob of over 100 people allegedly thrashed a 25-year-old pastor Kawalsinh Parste at Polmi village in the state’s Kabirdham district for his alleged involvement in the conversion.

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