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(BosNewsLife) – Police in India ‘s north-eastern state of Madya Pradesh have arrested
a catholic priest on charges of of forcing tribals there to convert to Christianity, amid
growing tensions in the region, church officials confirmed Wednesday, July 27. In a
statement obtained by BosNewsLife News Center, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of
India (CBCI) said that Fr. Thomas P. T., parish priest of St Michael’s church in Jhapadra
district of Jhabua Diocese was arrested on July 21. He was released on bail soon after,
CBCI.

His arrest came after an official complaint from a supporter of the hard-line Hindu
nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) group. It supports the Hindutva
ideology according to which religious minorities can only exist in subordination to the Hindu majority community. In addition RSS supporters also stormed a pastor’s retreat in
Gandhi Nagar, Ratlam district, on July 23, Christian news agency Compass Direct
established.