'Mass prayer' stopped by police after HYV alleges forced conversion

Henrietta Brewer
April 9, 2017

They dispersed after police promised a probe and adequate action even as the church authorities dismissed allegations of conversion.

A Hindu Yuva Vahini leader said that the presence of U.S. nationals indicated that "innocent and illiterate" Hindus were being converted by the missionaries.

Downplaying charges of attempts at polarization following a Church prayer service being halted by the right-wing Hindu Yuva Vahini in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre has expressed its complete faith in the Yogi Adityanath-led Government in maintaining the law and order situation in the state. The service, which was being attended by more than 150 people including foreign tourists, was interrupted by the youth group who barged into the hall and created a ruckus. We stopped the meet after a complaint was registered. "Policemen got on the altar and took away the Bible". "Locals at the prayer meeting told police that they visited the church frequently".

After some questioning and verification of their documents, the foreigners were released. "I don't know anything about foreign nationals", claimed Yohannan.

HYV workers alleged that that innocent and illiterate Hindus were being converted by Church personnel who offered them money for converting.

Police officer Anand Kumar Gupta said no prior permission was taken for the meeting, which was held ahead of Good Friday.

Those booked include HYV leader Arvind and a few others, said SHO Tanda Kotwali Wakeel Singh.

A News18 report said that Hindu Yuva Vahini alleged that the prayer meeting was a "cover" for forced conversions. "Police caught some person involved in the practice and brought them to the police station but later allowed them go". The protection of American citizens overseas is our highest priority. "Due to privacy concerns we can not say anything more at this time", a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said.

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