Hindu extremists beat a pastor and evangelist unconscious in front of his sons earlier this month in Madhya Pradesh state.
Ramesh Devda, 30, from Dhadhniya, Meghnagar district, said he was attacked on April 4 at about 11 a.m. after leading a prayer meeting in Chikklia village. He said he was on his way to Bhajidongra, at the border of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat states, by motorcycle with his two sons, 10-year-old Elias, and 8-year-old Shimon, to lead another prayer meeting.
When he reached Raseda village, he said, suddenly three people on two motorcycles blocked his way and forced him to stop.
â€śSuddenly out of nowhere these three men appeared in two motorcycles â€“ they blocked me and tilted my motorcycle,â€ť Pastor Devda told Compass. â€śWe fell down. They were carrying big bamboo sticks and clubs. They started beating me, and then they called and three more men came and started to attack me.â€ť...