CHRISTIANS holding a prayer meeting were attacked by an angry mob of more than 100 Hindu radicals who stormed in and beat the worshippers, injuring several
The attack took place in Santosh Nagar in Hubli city, located in India’s southern state of Karnataka, on November 1 when a group belonging to the Ceylon Pentecostal Mission were at a weekly gathering.
According to persecution watchdog International Christian Concern, the attack was witnessed by police, who stood by and watched.
Arjun S. Hattimatur sustained a serious head injury when the radicals hit him, leaving him with a deep cut which bled for hours before he could access medical care. The 36-year-old told the ICC: “We were beaten up in the presence of the police. They were watching us like spectators.
“We were taken to the police station on the false charges that we were involved in the forcible conversions and the police filed an FIR (First Information Report) against us.”
The Christians subsequently filed counter First Information Reports against their attackers.
Mr Hattimatur claims the mob, who arrived at 7.45pm, targeted him because he was leading the prayer meeting in the absence of the local pastor.
He has been too afraid to leave his house since the brutal attack and said that other Christians in the area remain terrified. read more…