Chhattisgarh: Villagers took 40 people hostage who came for conversion

Raipur: Missionaries who came to Oteband village under Durg district of Chhattisgarh for conversion caused an uproar. The villagers took more than 40 Christian community members hostage. It also included men, children and women. The incident took place on the intervening night of Sunday-Monday. Nandini police station was informed after seeing tension rising in the village.

Meanwhile, BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena workers rushed to the spot in large numbers and started shouting slogans of Jai Shriram. The Nandini police station kept explaining to the villagers, but they refused. The police force had to be called from the Durg headquarters. Police have taken into custody all those who rushed to convert. According to information received, the news of special prayers and conversions in Oteband village of Dhamdha block created tension. More than 40 people including children, men and women had reached here from several places including Raipur.

A special meeting was held in the Bhatapara area of the village. When the villagers came to know about it, the villagers gathered there. They started asking the outsiders why they came to the village. During this time, all those who came to convert continued to give a befitting reply. Some started talking about a special prayer meeting. The villagers also thrashed some people for not getting satisfactory answers. All were kept in a community building. Meanwhile, police from Nandini police station reached the spot. The police explained to the villagers and detained the women and men who had come to convert.

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