Police on Friday arrested 26 people in the district for allegedly illegal conversion of 90 people in the last 40 days.
The arrests were made after a case was registered on the complaint of Vishwa Hindu Parishad functionary Himanshu Dixit, who alleged that around 90 Hindus were illegally converted to Christianity by the ‘Evangelical Church of India’ in Hariharganj area. Superintendent of Police Dinesh Chandra Mishra.
DSP Mishra said that on the complaint of Dixit, an FIR has been registered against 55 people, including 10 women, in the Kotwali police station under various sections of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Conversion Act. He said that the accused are said to be members of the Evangelical Church of India. The DSP said that search is on for 29 other accused.
35 people were named in the FIR. Efforts are on to identify the remaining 20 (out of 55 accused), he said, adding that those arrested are named in the FIR. An FIR was lodged after an uproar in the church of Hariharganj area on Thursday evening.
People from the Christian community offered prayers in the church. DSP Mishra said that some people of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal reached there in the evening and alleged that illegal conversion of Hindus was being done.
He said that after the dispute in the church, senior police and district administration officials reached the spot to ensure law and order.