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Church prayers halted in UP, case filed against evangelists in Bengaluru over 'forced conversion'

Saturday April 8, 2017 11:47 AM, Agencies

Bengaluru Church
[St. Mary's Basilica Bengaluru (File Photo)]

In two separate incidents, police halted Church prayers in Uttar Pradesh’s Maharajganj after Hindu Yuva Vahini activists alleged that the event was a “cover” for religious conversion and in Bengaluru a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activist raising similar allegations lodged police complaint against two evangelists from the United States.

Girish Bharadwaj filed the complaint with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office Bengaluru against Patricia King of XP Ministries and Donna Schambach of Schambach Foundation, both of whom are currently on a visit to the city, according to PTI.

They are slated to attend a religious campaign named 'Power & Reality of the Kingdom' organised by a local church on April 8 as chief guests.

Bharadwaj, in his complaint, also alleged that both the foreigners were frequently visiting India only with the purpose of religious conversions.

"As per rules, foreigners, with any type of visa, are not allowed to preach and propagate their religion in India. And government of India shall not issue visas to evangelists who desire to come to India to attend religious campaigns," he said.

In Maharajganj of Uttar Pradesh, activists of Hindu Yuva Vahini, the right wing organisation founded by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth, alleged that prayer meeting at the British era church is used as cover for religious conversion.

Following the complaint, the police halted the prayer by over 100 people, including American tourists. On investigation, however, they found no truth to the allegations and allowed the Americans to leave, according to CNN-News18.

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