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(Compass) – The defense attorney for a Christian evangelist arrested on charges of attempting to convert Hindus in India ’s Orissa state appealed his client’s case to the Orissa High Court on March 16. The appeal exposes police negligence and charges officers with torturing evangelist Kiran Kumar. On February 27, Kumar was on his way to visit a Hindu man in the Khurda district who had invited him for prayers when nine Hindu extremists assaulted the evangelist, tied him up and threatened to throw him into Chilika Lake . Police later arrived on the scene and arrested Kumar. Once inside the Balugaon police station, “Patra Babu started beating me mercilessly with a bamboo stick and asked me to call Jesus to save me,” Kumar said.