Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh State have charged more than 270 Christians with “spreading lies about Hinduism and drugging people to try and convert them to Christianity.”
Christians in Jaunpur district said on Sept. 10 that the move showed religious bias and was an attempt to terrorize Christians.
Police in the district filed the charges against 271 Christians of a Pentecostal Church after being directed to do so by a local court.
The court directive followed a complaint lodged by activist group Hindu Jagran Manch that Christians were propagating misinformation about the Hindu religion and attempting to convert people during Sunday services.
Pastors Durga Prasad Yadav, Kirit Rai and Jitendra Ram were named on the charge sheet while the others were not identified.
The Hindu group said it went to court after the Christians refused to stop conducting Sunday prayer services despite repeated warnings.