Latest in a bizarre series of crackdowns on Christianity in that country

A priest has been abducted and beaten by Hindu radicals in India before being arrested by police, the latest in a bizarre series of crackdowns on Christianity in the country.

Mathai Varghese, 57, the pastor of Ebenezer Indian Pentecostal Church in Suratgarh, was captured and attacked in Rajasthan, the northern state on India’s border with Pakistan.

When the police arrived, instead of being helped, the priest was arrested along with his abductors and accused of trying to convert an elderly woman to Christianity.

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The September 4 attack started when the pastor was summoned to a housewarming party.

“After beating the pastor severely, the radicals forced Pastor Varghese into a vehicle and drove away.

“Pastor Varghese feared that the radicals meant to kill him, but was fortunately saved when police intervened.”

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