(International Christian Concern) — On Sunday, Sept. 1, activists from the Bajrang Dal, a youth wing of the Hindu nationalist Vishwa Hindu Parishad, ended a Christian prayer gathering in Worli Naka, located in Mumbai, India.
According to initial reports, the nationalists falsely accused the Christians of practicing “forced conversions” and disturbing public order to pressure local police into breaking up the gathering.
The gathering was organized by the New Life Fellowship Association, a local Pentecostal Christian community. The organizers of the event received permission and rented space from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation School where 80 Christians gathered to pray and sing worship songs.
On the day of the event, however, Bajrang Dal activists, led by Dinesh Shrivastav, infiltrated the gathering and began filming. Shivastav then reported to local police that the Christians were engaged in forced conversions and that the gathering had disturbed social harmony and would cause public disorder. When the police arrived on the scene, they agreed with the Bajrang Dal activists and ordered the Christians to disburse.