A priest’s car was also set alight by suspected Hindu extremists in a shocking attack in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India where Christians make up just 0.3 per cent of the population.
The group of carol singers, which was comprised of around 30 Catholic priests and parishioners, was performing in the city of Satna when they were attacked by the right-wing Bajrang Dal group.
A Hindu villager alleged he was told to “worship Jesus Christ” and offered money to convert to Christianity.
The incident initially led to the arrests of a group of seminary students and two priests, before a further eight priests were later arrested after coming to the aid of the detainees.
The police released the Christians around 2am on 16 December, but asked the ten priests and three students to report to the station at 7am that same morning. (Read more from “Christian Carol Singers Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Convert People to Christianity” HERE)