Extremists Attacked Christians Travelling Home

Three men on motorcycles attacked Christians near Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, including children travelling home from the Third National Congress of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches a national congress focused on praying for peace in India amid escalating persecution. The men verbally threatened the passengers before smashing the windscreen of the vehicles, causing injury to the driver and passengers, which included women, children and the elderly. Pastor Paul Raj, one of the passengers, immediately called the police, who arrived at the scene a short time later. A First Information Report, which is necessary to start an investigation, has been registered against the perpetrators and investigations have been initiated.

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Source of information Community Networks Place of incident Highway
Number of victims 70 Identity of victim Christians
Location of incident Highway Was cross FIR filed Yes
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory :The police were called by the victims and consequently an FIR was lodged against the perpetrators Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed Other details
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Main Information
Date of incident: February 05, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Breaking vehicles
  • Harassment
  • Threat
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Causal factors
  • Celebration of Festivals
  • Name of the victim : Pastor Paul Raj
    Name of Perpetrator
    State Tamil Nadu
    District/City Coimbatore
    Party In Power / Incidents AIADMK - All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
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