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Additional Christians have been arrested in India


Multiple pastors have been arrested in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India recently due to charges of forced conversion, and the crackdown by authorities has been so significant that many churches, particularly house churches, have completely halted Christian gatherings for worship and prayers.


In one of the latest incidents, on July 10, Pastor Santosh Kanoojiya was arrested for forced conversion alongside four other Christians and remanded to a police lockup.

After 24 hours he was released on bail, but because of the active legal case against him, he had to shut down his house church, where 150 Christians had been gathering every Sunday.

In a second incident on July 10, a mob of radical Hindus associated with right wing organizations such as the RSS and Bajrang Dal disrupted the worship service of another congregation, harassing the Christians and influencing the police to arrest five of them for forced conversion.

In yet a third recent incident, police arrested Pastor Mithlesh Kuma, who was merely visiting a local family.


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