A Catholic priest was arrested on charges of forced religious conversion and several other members of the minority community were allegedly assaulted by activists of a right-wing Hindu group at a police station in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna, police said on Friday.
The vehicle of a Catholic priest was also set on fire, allegedly by the activists.
Though police confirmed the arrest of father George Mangalapilly, they denied allegations that members of the clergy were assaulted at the police station. Mangalapilly is a professor at St Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna.
The Christians were allegedly intercepted and accused by Bajrang Dal activists of converting people with lure and force during a carol-singing programme in Jawahar Nagar Bhumkahar village near Satna, about 485 km from state capital Bhopal.
The arrest was made on the basis of a complaint lodged by one Dharmendra Kumar Dohar, who said he was lured with money to convert to Christianity.
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