Thousands protest against Hindutva violence in Chhattisgarh

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Thousands of Christians are staging a sit-in protest in front of the Narayanpur district collector’s office in Chhattisgarh against series of anti-Christian violence by Hindutva groups in several villages of the state.

The protesters said the men associated with the Hindu militant group RSS have attacked Christians, vandalised their properties and driven them out of their homes.

News website The Wire reported that the documents accessed by it records 20 attacks on Sunday, December 18, alone; 21 separate incidents throughout December, barring December 18 violence; 15 in November; and three in the month of October.

50 Christians were beaten up and driven out of their homes in Bastar’s Cherang, the news website reported.

Sukhman Potai, the president of Narayanpur Christian society, said that at least 60 Christian families were assaulted by Hindutva terrorists in the last two months. He said around 200 Christian families have been evicted from their houses in 12 to 14 villages and the places of worship were vandalised.

As per the complaint, Christians were physically attacked in Bhatpal, Modenga, Gohda and Borwand.

“The leaders of the villages incited others to threaten us, abuse us, and physically assault us by destroying and stealing our crops and produce. There were also calls for a social boycott, accusing Christians of occult activities,” read the complaint.

The Christians have named 26 persons in their complaint and among them are Rupsai Salam, BJP’s Narayanpur district president; and Phuldhar Kachnam, president of Benur, The Wire reported.
The demonstrators including men, women and children said the protest outside the collectorate would continue until the authorities heed to their complaint and lodges an FIR.

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