The official China Christian Council was either misled or lying when it said only five foreign missionaries were 'briefly detained' in Henan province last month, according to a Christian who was held for more than three weeks. 'At our meeting point in Boshan, police came and took away over 100 people,' the source said. 'I was held in Nanyang Number One Detention Centre for over three weeks.' The New York-based lobby group Human Rights in China reported the arrests of 140 Christians in Henan last month. However, the council said last week only five foreigners were detained for two days for engaging in 'alien religious activity'. The council said provincial officials told it there were 'no arrests or imprisonments apart from this [detention of the foreign Christians]'. The source, interviewed by the South China Morning Post, confirmed the lobby group's report that police had beaten its leaders when they raided churches. The Christians were watching a video on ethnic minorities when the police arrived, the source said. 'It was about eight or nine at night,' he said. 'They came marching in and started to beat some of us, saying our meeting was illegal. 'There were police from Nanyang city and some were officials from the local township. We were all taken to the local police station. About 100 of us were locked in the toilet overnight.' Officers interrogated the Christians the next morning. Those who refused to answer questions were beaten. The Christians were then locked in jails with criminals. Those who refused to co-operate were released only after they paid as much as 1,000 yuan (HK$930) in fines.