Hisar, March 17: In a surprising twist in the Hisar church vandalization case, villagers allege that the priest was forcing youth into conversion and beating up a youth. After police registered a case against the 14 locals who were allegedly involved in the vandalization, the villagers lodged an FIR against Father Masih.
Amid tension in the village, the Haryana Assembly election was also taken up in a storm over the issue.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar explained in the assembly that an FIR was registered against the priest of the Believers Church for assaulting a youth named Umed Singh who had run away from the church from a prayer session where Hindu Gods were allegedly insulted.
Khattar said,"Umed Singh has complained against Fr Subhash Chand Masih that he was taken to the church, where Hindu gods were being insulted. When he objected, he was beaten up."
Father was teaching biblical verses to 12 construction workers
It is also alleged that the father was responsible for luring youths with marrige and money and forcing them into conversion. Khattar also informed the House that Masih had bought a 250 sq yard of plot in Ram Nagar Colony and had constructed two rooms without windows in that colony. Furthermore, the villagers had objected to his teaching biblical verses to nearly 12 construction workers.
Meanwhile, the priest had also accused the Bajrang Dal of threatening him and said that the allegations levelled against him were all false. He said,"I was threatened by Bajrang Dal activists and other locals last month. They asked me not to construct a church on the land. The allegations of conversion being levelled against me are false."
No arrests in the case have yet been made. While tension prevails in the village as residents demand that case be withdrawn against the accised, the central government too warns the Haryana government to protect the minority classes.