Thursday, October 15

Obituary : Christian minister Chamu Hasda Purty shot dead in eastern India

A Christian minister was shot dead in eastern India, an act a church leader said points to a trend of terrorizing Christians in the tribal-dominated Jharkhand state.
Chamu Hasda Purty, 54, of the Independent Pentecostal Church, was shot dead Oct. 12 in Sandhi village of the state's Khunti district. Police officials said they are unsure of the motives for the murder and that the attackers are on the run.
Nuas Mundu, a close family friend, told that a group of armed men barged into the minister's house and one of them shot him.
Mundu, also a minister with the same church, said the incident has created panic among the area's Christians.
Christian leaders have reported several cases of attacks against Christians after pro-Hindu groups gained political importance in the country.
Jharkhand state, as well as the federal government, is currently ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is considered the political arm of Hindu nationalist groups.
The motive "is to terrorize Christians" said Subhash Kongari, a lawyer and district president of Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh, the national Christian forum.

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