In Assam, according to a report by NDTV, the Bajrang Dal was also involved in impeding the Christmas midnight mass celebrations in Silchar. The men allegedly forced their way into the church and demanded that the celebration be shut down as Hindus could not take part in the festivities. They claimed that they did not take issue with Christians celebrating Christmas but could not permit Hindus to do so as it was also ‘Tulsi Diwas’.
“We are not against Christmas… let only Christian celebrate Christmas. We are against Hindu boys and girls participating in Christmas function. Today it was Tulsa Diwas of Hindus, but no one celebrated. It hurts our sentiments… everyone is saying Merry Christmas. How will our religion survive?” one of the attackers (who was wearing a saffron cap) said in a video circulated online.
Visuals also showed a group of people - presumably those stopped from celebrating Christmas - standing outside the gates of the church with a handful of policemen standing about.