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(Compass) – Former employees have accused seven staff members of the Atmik Vikas Trust (AVT) in Uttar Pradesh, India, of “running a gang to convert poor Hindus” [to Christianity]. The complainants had signed up for a training program with AVT in return for employment, but were laid off in November 2004. After losing their jobs, they lodged a complaint with police, claiming that the mission had asked for a 20,000 rupee ($465) security deposit. They also accused the staff of beating them and making death threats when they asked for a refund. However, Pastor Yashwant Paul of the AVT said the mission had not asked for a deposit and other villagers had signed a statement saying that no violence had occurred. The case has not yet gone to court.