Residents staged a protest in front of the Hebron Church near Marathahalli here Thursday demanding action against a pastor for his alleged attempt to convert schoolchildren forcibly.

The Mahadevapura police intervened to defuse the situation and detained Victor Babu (31), the pastor, for questioning. Victor is from Dharmavaram in Andhra Pradesh.

“We received a complaint from a resident, Rajashekara Reddy, against Victor, and filed a case under Section 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code against him,” said a police officer.

According to the complaint, the pastor, in the guise of organising a summer camp for schoolchildren, was allegedly preaching the Bible to 32 schoolchildren who attended the camp.

The police inspected the church premises and confiscated some material.

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