- A group of strangers murdered an evangelical pastor in Andhra Pradesh and tried
to kill his wife as well before they fled the scene of the crime.
At present, the
government appears unable to deliver justice in the case, but was able to arrest
a group of Christians who demonstrated to demand the arrest of the culprits.
victim, Rev Sanjeevulu, died yesterday after two days of suffering.
some sources, on the afternoon of 11 January four men visited Rev Sanjeevulu's
home in Vikarabad, a village that is 64 kilometres from the state capital of Hyderabad.
The clergyman heads a group called the 'Friends of Hebron'.
On the doorstep
of the reverend's home, the men said they wanted to "pray with the pastor,"
but as soon as he came out, they stabbed him seven times and beat him with
clubs and sticks.
After she heard screams,
Sanjeevulu's wife rushed to him, whereupon the attackers tried to kill her as
well. Although she was stabbed, she luckily managed to escape and survived.
The pastor was
admitted to Yashoda hospital (pictured)
where, despite medical treatment, he died yesterday afternoon from his stab
The day after
the attack, many Christians and friends of the clergyman went to the hospital where
they expressed their sorrow for the attack.
leaders in Hyderabad organised a dharna
(sit-in protest) demanding justice from the government.
Some of the
faithful marched outside the offices of the Chief Minister to demand the arrest
of the culprits, but were themselves arrested.
announce that it was launching an investigation into the incident.
Sajan K George,
president of the Global Council of Indian Churches, told AsiaNews that he was "deeply saddened" by the murder of
motive of the attack is not yet known, we must strongly condemn the fact that anti-Christian
made a comeback in Andhra Pradesh. We need to see justice done," George said.
months ago," he added, "we know that Sanjeevulu had a heated discussion with
some members of a Hindu fundamentalist group, who threatened him. It could be premeditated