Nine Americans belonging to an evangelical group based in Texas were arrested in a remote area of India after a Christian prayer rally they organized turned violent.
None of the Americans was injured, Dino Caterini, a spokesman at the U.S. Consulate in Calcutta, said today. But they will be tried Monday, apparently on charges of inciting a riot and holding the rally without a required permit.
The rally took place Wednesday in Badapada, a village in the underdeveloped eastern state of Orissa, where many tribal groups live.
It turned violent after police announced the organizers lacked the required permit, Caterini said.
The church said the mayor of Badapada had approved a meeting for 2,000 people. When 30,000 people showed up, police sent 20,000 away.