A mob has attacked three Christians in India over suspicions that the latter were trying to convert Hindus, according to local reports.
Pastor Prashant Bhatnagar, 45, was distributing Christian literature together with two of his church members in Kharghar and Taloja in the city of Navi Mumbai when a mob began attacking them verbally and physically. One of the victims was brought to a hospital, The Times of India details.
The pastor, on the other hand, was taken to a prison site where the assailants threatened him with a revolver. The group also told him to stop distributing Christian pamphlets or else they would set him on fire.
Based on his complaint submitted to police, Pastor Bhatnagar was also beaten badly by the group, and one young man even urinated on him. The mob later left the unconscious pastor in Taloja, where passersby saw him and took him to a hospital, Two Circles reports.
In response to the recent mob attack, former Maharashtra Minorities Commission vice-chairman Abraham Mathai called on the authorities to arrest the perpetrators of the incident.
"This is a grave criminal act to assault a peaceful group so badly and to threaten them with a gun," Mathai told the Times. "The police must book and arrest all the culprits in this case."
In an interview with Urdu Daily, Pastor Bhatnagar said a certain Gurunath, who claims to be the head of Shri Ram Pratishthan, led the mob attack. The minister said the man accused him of converting the vegetable vendors to Christianity. When his companions tried to save him from the assailants, the latter also attacked the two.
Meanwhile, the Kharghar police station has booked several suspects for unlawful assembly, outraging religious feelings, wrongful confinement, outraging modesty of woman, kidnapping, intentional insult, criminal intimidation, causing injury by weapon, and deliberate intent wounding religious feelings.