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A Christian villager who was wounded in the attack in India's Chhattisgarh state on Nov. 25. (Photo supplied) Police are investigating a violent attack on indigenous Christian villagers in India’s Chhattisgarh state in which 15 persons were injured, four of them seriously. The seriously injured have been admitted to a government hospital and the rest were discharged after receiving first aid following the Nov. 25 attack “The Christians were attacked at 2am while they were asleep after a community function in their village of Chinghavaram, under Gadiras police station, in Sukma district,” Pastor Chinnam Wycliff Sagar told UCA News on Nov. 26. “A group of close to 50 attackers armed with iron rods and lathis [sticks] attacked them without any provocation.” Police registered a case against 16 persons and began a probe into what they believe is a case of revelry that turned violent. Christian groups, however, denied the police version and said it was a communal attack on the Christians to force them to give up their faith in Christianity. “Our people were attacked for their faith in Jesus,” said Pastor Moses Logan, president of Chhattisgarh State Christian Welfare Society. “The indigenous Christians in the state are under pressure from right-wing Hindu groups and others opposed to Christianity to

The anti-conversion law "has become an instrument in the hands of radical Hindu groups to harass Christian communities". The Church of Bophal denounces the violent violation of private property. Fr. Babu Joseph, former spokesman for the Indian bishops: "Hindu fundamentalists, capable only of creating chaos". "We Christians offer education, medical care, social apostolate, development for the poor, the marginalized, Dalits, tribals, women and children

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