A Catholic Church was attacked yesterday in India by a group of around 40 to 50 masked militants, in the middle of a Holy Mass. The Church is Kachna village near Raipur, the state capital of Chhattisgarh.
A witness narrated to AFP that the militants matched into the church during mass, chanting loudly some slogans, while they injured faithfuls present during the mass and destroyed all the pews, musical instrument and other structures of the church. The witness interpreted that in the militants’ slogan as demands that “churches should be closed down in India”.
Police source have revealed that the attackers are upsetted at the rate with which the Church have been converting a huge number of their villagers to Christianity, given that the region is a Hindu-majority section of India.
Raipur district police chief Badri Narayan Meena said three men had been arrested over the attack, while a hunt was on to find the others.
Priests and other Christian leaders have blamed the attacks on religious hardliners, who they say have become emboldened since Narendra Modi’s right-wing government swept to power in 2014.
A series of recent mass conversions of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, allegedly by Hindu hardliners, have also raised concern.
This attack have now according to report installed great fears in the hearts of the new converts as many of them have fearfully shied away from the faith.