Religious conversion: Church pastor arrested

Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested a pastor of the All India Saints Church following allegations against him of converting several Muslim youth to Christianity, officials said on Sunday.

Updated: Nov 20, 2011, 13:24 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police have
arrested a pastor of the All India Saints Church following
allegations against him of converting several Muslim youth to
Christianity, officials said on Sunday.

Pastor CM Khanna was arrested from his residence in the
church premises in Ram Munshi Bagh area here late last night
after he was named in a case relating to alleged conversion,
they said.

Charges under Sections 153-A and 295-A of the RPC were
registered against him in the local police station last
evening, they said.

The police action comes in the wake of protests at many
places in the Kashmir Valley on Friday over the issue. The
agitators also staged a protest against hosting of
anti-Islamic remarks on a social networking site.

A video had surfaced here last month in which Khanna was
allegedly shown baptising at least six Muslim and one Hindu
youth.

Earlier, Khanna had appeared before a group of Islamic
scholars Friday to clarify his position after failing to
appear before the Sharia court.

A spokesman of the Islamic court said initially Khanna
denied of converting any youth, but admitted to it after he
was shown evidences.

"He said he has converted 15 youth so far and agreed to
provide the details soon," the spokesman said.

PTI