Raipur: Chhattisgarh has once again witnessed public outrage over forced conversions. According to media reports, in one such case, on Sunday (September 5, 2021), angry people entered a police station in the capital Raipur and thrashed the accused priest. The incident took place at Old Basti police station in Raipur. The police had detained Pastor Harish Sahu after receiving a complaint of forced conversion in Bhatgaon area. People belonging to some right wing organisations also reached the police station after the case came to light. This was followed by an organic incident in the police station and which soon turned into a beating. The angry men reportedly beat the priest with his shoes.
The video of the incident is also going viral on social media. It also shows a scuffle between the priest's accompanying people and the angry crowd. People cordoned off the police station and created a ruckus over the action against the priest. According to police, a group of Hindu activists had lodged a complaint against Pastor Harish Sahu accusing him of indulging in conversion. After which Sahu was called to the police station. Pastor Harish Sahu along with Chhattisgarh Christian Forum General Secretary Ankush Bariakar and Prakash Christ reached the police station. The right-wing group was already present there. The activists allegedly manhandled and abused the trio inside the chamber of the station house officer (SHO).
After the incident, Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav attached the line to Old Basti Police Station In-charge (SHO) Yadumani Sidar and inspector Nitesh Thakur have been handed overcharge in his place. Police said Bariakar lodged a complaint in this regard following which a designated case has been registered against seven persons. An FIR has been registered against Sambhav Shah, Vikas Mittal, Manish Sahu, Shubhangar Dwivedi, Sanjay Singh, Aayurved Sharma, Shubham Agarwal and others and initiated investigation. These persons have been booked under sections 147, 294, 323 and 506 of the IPC.