Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » India Preacher "Murdered" in Andhra Pradesh


India Preacher "Murdered" in Andhra Pradesh

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 | Tag Cloud

By BosNewsLife News Center

NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife) -- The body of Prem Kumar, a 67-year-old preacher from the Church of South India, has been found in a forest in Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh state, a Christian news agency reported Monday June 12.

Compass Direct quoted the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) as saying that Kumar’s head was crushed beyond recognition, apparently with heavy stones. Police said the body was identified based on the description of the clothes worn by the preacher.

India media reported that a young man approached Kumar early Thursday morning, June 8, requesting that he hold a prayer meeting in Rampur Thanda village later that day.

Although Kumar reportedly suspected foul play, he agreed and asked his son Sunil Kumar to call his cell phone once every 30 minutes.

STRANGERS WAITING

When Kumar arrived at the pick-up point, strangers were waiting to meet him. Kumar phoned his son and again asked him to call frequently. Kumar’s cell phone went dead at about 11 a.m local time. His body was later found in the forest near Rampur Thanda, Compass Direct said.

Mahesh Chandra Laddha, superintendent of police in Nizamabad, denied in published remarks that Hindu militants were behind the killings.

He reportedly said Kumar was one of the accused in a murder case and that relatives of the victim could be behind the killing. He also claimed that Kumar’s son had been involved in a kidnapping and that after the kidnapped woman was released, she had threatened him.

SON DENIES

Kumar’s son, however, said his father had no enemies, and he strongly suspected the hand of Hindu extremists, Compass Direct reported. He also claimed he could identify the person who invited his father to hold the prayer meeting in Rampur Thanda.

The GCIC and the All India Christian Council said the involvement of Hindu extremists could not be ruled out. A number of similar incidents have occurred in Andhra Pradesh over the past six years where religious tensions remained high Monday, June 12. There have been similar killings in recent years, Christian rights watchers said.

The killings have been linked to fears among radical Hindu groups about the spread of Christianity, especially in rural areas. Most of India’s over 1 billion people are Hindus, and Christians comprise roughly two percent of the population. (With BosNewsLife Research and reports from India).

Copyright 2006 BosNewsLife. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without our prior written consent.

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 Preacher "Murdered" in Andhra Pradesh

Leave a Comment

Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » India Preacher "Murdered" in Andhra Pradesh