[Christianity Today UK] 26 Feb 2009--Eleven Gospel for Asia missionaries in India have been released from prison on bail after being beaten by a mob of Hindu extremists. The missionaries were arrested on the second day of a three-day believers convention in the Korba district of Chhattisgarh.
The event was attended by around 2,500 Christians, and included worship and Bible studies. At the end of the second day of the conference, local Hindu extremists, politicians and police reportedly entered the gathering and beat those attending with iron rods, sticks and chains.
The 11 missionaries leading the conference were arrested under the states “Freedom of Religion” law, which imposes fines and prison sentences on converting people to Christianity or Islam.
The missionaries also filed a complaint with the police about the beating but the police did not accept it.
Gospel for Asia said that some of its leaders would be meeting the chief minister of the state to discuss the matter together with other prominent Christians.