|Persecution Watch April 10, 2012|
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Christian Meeting Attacked In Uttar Pradesh
On April 7 in Maharajganj, Hindu extremists from the allegedly Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh barged into the Christian meeting and beat them up.
According to our correspondent, Ajit Pal, at about 8 a.m, the armed extremists forcefully entered into the "Festival of Deliverance" conducted by Maharajganj Baptist Church (MBC), accusing them of forceful conversion, verbally abused and started to beat them up.
Apart from the Christian leaders, the extremists targeted one believer, Ambika Prasad, a new follower of Christ, who gave the local church a land worth 1.2 million, reported a representative of the MBC.
About ten enraged extremists with their iron rods beat up the Christians injuring Pastor Ram Chander Vish Prasad and his wife, Ambika Prasad and some believers. The police soon reached the spot and put the situation under control.
"It is a spiritual meeting where we are praying for the sick and it has nothing to do with religion" Bishop Jonathan Ansar, main speaker of the meeting told EFI. The meeting was attended by about 4000 people, reported Akhopuro, organiser of the meeting.
The Christian filed an FIR against the attackers. The police arrested four extremists but they were released on the same day without any charges.