Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » India » Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill Indian Pastor


Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill Indian Pastor

Friday, April 13, 2012 | Tag Cloud Tags: ,

IndiaNEW DELHI, INDIA (Worthy News)-- A 35-year-old church pastor was murdered in India's southeastern Andhra Pradesh state by suspected Maoist rebels who slit his throat, police and Indian rights activists confirmed Thursday, April 12.

The Catholic-Christian Secular Forum (CSF), an Indian non-governmental group, said S Dumbu, also known locally as Bingo, was killed last week April 3 in Jerrela village after masked men knocked at the door of his home.

"They told him that Maoists were waiting for him to discuss an issue. A hesitant Dumbu left with the masked men, while [his wife] Janaki stayed back home," CSF cited a report as saying.

"A few minutes later, the masked man came back to Dumbu’s house and informed Janaki that the Maoists killed the pastor reportedly for his irregularities in the maintenance of church."

The man allegedly also tried to abuse the pastor's wife and fled with money.

No more details were immediately available.

LOCALS INVOLVED?

Police reportedly said they suspect three locals in the murder. Officially, Maoists have not claimed the attack and it was not clear whether they had links to the group.

The rebels, who say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting for over three decades in several Indian states, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor.

They frequently target police and government officials, whom they accuse of colluding with landlords and rich farmers to exploit the poor, but have also been accused of attacking churches.

On Thursday, April 12, Maoists released an Italian tourist guide abducted more than a month ago from a remote forest area of eastern India after the state government agreed to release five rebels from prison.

ABDUCTED LAST MONTH

Paulo Basusco along with Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo was abducted on March 14 while on a trek in Orissa state. Colangelo was released 11 days later, but Basusco remained in captivity while negotiations took place between the rebels and the government, news reports said.

That was of little comfort however for Christians in Jerrela, where the murdered pastor settled several years ago.

His wife Janaki had to inform their their sons, who were studying at Chintapalle, another in the region, rights activists said.

There have been growing attacks against pastors working in villages and other rural areas of India, Worthy News monitored in recent years.

Copyright 1999-2017 Worthy News. All rights reserved.
Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » India » Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill Indian Pastor

1 thought on “Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill Indian Pastor

  1. I feel so sorry for this pastor's family and his children and will pray the Lord Jesus gives them strength and comfort.  (There, that's done, so the Lord will give them comfort and strength).  What a brave man this pastor was.  He is in glory with the Lord God whose prophets were also shamefully entreated and killed.  I guess I will pray now for the people who killed him, so perchance the Lord will renew them to repentance. 

Leave a Comment

Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » India » Suspected Maoist Rebels Kill Indian Pastor