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Bastar church vandalised; SP, cops injured in mob attack | India News


RAIPUR: SP of Bastar’s Narayanpur district suffered head injuries and several other police officers were injured trying to control a mob that vandalized a church during alleged “rampant conversions” in the tribal-dominated district .
Chhattisgarh interior minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said a local tribal group attacked a church in Narayanpur on Monday and the police and district government have tried to resolve the dispute amicably. SP Sadanand Kumar is attacked from behind, sahu speak.
Tensions have been simmering in parts of Chhattisgarh, including Narayanpur, since mid-December over alleged conversions and reports of attacks against Christians. Eight people were injured in clashes with a group of Christians on Sunday, after which a tribal group called the bandh and organized a protest.
On Monday, violence broke out when a group of tribesmen confronted a group tribe Christians at a church in the Bakhrupara area of ​​Narayanpur. According to sources, the Christians were accused of following a “foreign religion” and asked to leave the village and live in the forest.
The tribes are protesting the “massive conversion” in the area and allege that the Christians are attacking the tribes. When the police intervened, they were attacked. The injured SP was taken to the hospital, where he was sewn to his head. Sources say his condition is now stable.
His head was bandaged, SP Kumar later told reporters, “The tribal communities convened a meeting on Monday and their leaders visited me and the collector to practice. did it peacefully But some people suddenly attacked a church and police teams rushed to the scene I was hit in the head from behind We are identifying the attackers. “
Narayanpur collector Ajit Vasant said, “There was a protest planned by the Adivasi group. Some members of this group suddenly became aggressive and started vandalizing the church. We have intervened and tried to calm them down and are working. handle the situation peacefully.” Bastar IG P ​​Sundarraj said Narayanpur district police and local authorities are taking steps to resolve the issue and ensure peace.
People from several villages sent a memo to the authorities alleging that they had been assaulted and kicked out of their homes for converting to Christianity.
TOI previously reported that at least 60 Christian families, including women, were assaulted by rogues and many were forced to leave their homes. About 100 of them had to take shelter in churches and stadiums.

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