Christian priest abducted, tied to tree, beaten in MP; Bajrang Dal workers booked
Shams Ur Rehman Alavi
BHOPAL: A Christian priest and his companion were allegedly abducted and assaulted by Bajrang Dal workers.
The incident occurred in Rewa in far Eastern part of Madhya Pradesh.
The priest, Kamal Kori, and his companion were accused of conversions to Christianity and were dragged to the forest by nearly two dozen persons.
Kori had gone to Gadra on a motorcycle when he was surrounded, allegedly stripped and taken away.
The assailants tied the priest and his companion to the tree, where they were brutally beaten up. The attackers were upset that the the priest was conducting prayers at the house of a local resident in Mauganj.
Later, the Bajrang Dal workers left the forest, abandoning the duo. The victim's kin had informed the police. The police personnel searched and found the duo tied to the tree in the night.
They rescued them. Kori has said that the allegations of forcible conversions are totally false and right-wing groups are targeting them. The police have registered a case in this regard. More than a dozen persons associated with Bajrang Dal have been named in the FIR.
Surprisingly, after the incident, priest was booked too on the complaint of a person that he was involved in illegal religious conversion. The priest was arrested and sent to judicial custody. However, no Bajrang Dal worker has been arrested so far.