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.
‚ÄúSuddenly out of nowhere these three men appeared in two motorcycles ‚Äď they blocked me and tilted my motorcycle,‚ÄĚ Pastor Devda told Compass. ‚ÄúWe 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.‚ÄĚ...