Hindutva activists vandalise Church

A Church was vandalized in the Baghwanpur area of the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. About 800 worshippers had gathered for the inauguration ceremony of the Church. A group of 25-30 Hindu radicals arrived on 12 bikes with the BJP flag. Slogans like 'Jai Shri Ram' were raised by the miscreants, who entered the Church and vandalized the Church property which included chairs, tables, window-panes, ceiling fans, and microphones. They also vandalized Pastor Anup Kumar Ghosh's car. Some of the worshipers who tried to flee were met with physical assault. Crude bombs were hurled at the Church and at the Pastor. The miscreants left after about 15 minutes but not before threatening to come back and launch similar attacks. Two of the four injured were minors. The direct victims of goons' attack were roughly 100 in numbers. The Police has registered a complaint and has arrested 3 of the 8 people named in the FIR.

Other Informations
Source of information News Report Place of incident Place of worship
Number of victims 100 Identity of victim Christians
Location of incident Place of worship Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Police Station Bhagwanpur

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory Current status Under investigation :The Police has arrested 3 out of the 8 people named in the FIR
Charges Filed Other details The arrested persons were presented before a Court where their bail pleas was rejected and they were remanded in Police custody till January 13
judgement Reference other information The local BJP administration has denied the allegations.
Civil society reports

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Main Information
Date of incident: December 29, 2019
Nature of Violence
  • Attack on religious infrastructure/Festivals/worship
  • Breaking vehicles
  • Demolition/Attack on property
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Threat
  • Vandalism/Hooliganism
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • No. of People Injured 4
    Name of the victim : Undisclosed
    Name of Perpetrator
    State West Bengal
    District/City Midnapore East Tamluk
    Party In Power / Incidents AITC - All India Trinamool Congress
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