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India: false claims shut church

A mob of about 30 Hindu extremists armed with sticks invaded a church service in Faridabad, a city south-east of New Delhi, on 3 September.

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Members of the mob handed children a leaflet and forced them to be photographed holding it, before they dragged the pastor, Abraham Thomas, to a police station. The mob accused Thomas of forcibly converting children and showed police the images they had taken – the leaflet the children were holding incited communal violence and included the line ‘Let us use guns to shoot all the Hindus’.