CHRISTIAN CHURCH VANDALISED IN ROORKEE, UTTARAKHAND
04 October 2021
A Christian prayer house was attacked on Sunday by a mob comprising of around 500 people at Roorkee in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Local residents who gathered for the Sunday mass alleged that the mob attacked the worshippers and vandalised the building. The Police have not yet made any arrests and Roorkee circle officer Vivek Kumar states, “The matter is being investigated and soon those involved will be arrested”.
The incident occurred in the Solanipuram Colony when an angry mob of men and women entered the hall shouting “Jai Shree Ram” and “Vande Mataram”. The local residents said that the mob was hurling allegations of religious conversions. “They manhandled and abused us”, someone who is part of the prayer house said. “For over two decades we have been organising prayers, meetings, and philanthropic activities in the prayer house”.
The narrative of Christians and Muslims converting ‘innocent Hindus has been gaining momentum in the BJP ruled state. In September the Uttarakhand state government said there is a “demographic change” and issued directions to seek solutions to the “problem”, though no community was named. The government alleged that people from other areas were moving into the state causing conversions.
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