Conversion alleged..Yogi's group disrupts prayers at Church

Lucknow: Yogi Adityanath's organisation disrupted prayers at a church in Uttar Pradesh alleging religious conversion. Thye Hindu Yuva Vahini activists later approached the police, which stopped the prayers.

The prayers, on Friday, was attended by more than 150 people, including 11 American tourists, at a church in Maharajganj(Uttar Pradesh).Hindu Yuva Vahini complained that the event was a cover for religious conversion. The foreign tourists who were in the country on a month-long tourist visa were accompanied by Devraj Gowda, a Delhi resident who identified himself to the police as the chairman of the Seva Group of India.

The group, set up by Yogi in 2002, filed a complaint against Yohannan Adam, the pastor of the church at Dathauli of Maharajganj district.Hindu Yuva Vahini accused the pastor of converting Hindus to Christianity. The pastor denied the charges.“The charges are absolutely baseless. The people were attending a prayer meeting voluntarily. We prayed. Nothing else was done,”Adam said.

“No prior permission was taken before the meeting. We stopped the meet after a complaint was registered. A probe is underway and appropriate action will be taken if the charges are correct,” police said.

After checking the visas and other documents, the US tourists were allowed to leave.

“The presence of US nationals indicates that innocent and illiterate Hindus were being converted by the missionaries, who lured them with money to change their religion,” alleged Hindu Yuva Vahini leader Krishna Nandan.