A pastor in India was shot and killed in the street in the state of Jharkhand as he was returning home from baptizing believers with reports confirming he had received death threats from radical Hindus who lived in the area.
His wife who witnessed the murder said he was attacked by three unidentified men and one of them shot him.
The traumatised widows disclosed that: “They killed my husband in front of my own eyes. I was terrified seeing my husband collapse having been shot in the chest”
When the tragedy struck, she started thinking about her children and wailed loudly cried out to God to save her and take care of her two children.
She further revealed that: “I ran into the thick bushes and the nearby forest. I probably walked for more than 10 hours to reach my home. I purposely did not take the road to avoid the attackers”.
About a week ago, it was reported that police were still investigating the case.
His body was found by local villagers at 5 A.M. lying on the road.
Other Christians who live in the region of the church he attended confirmed that they often receive death threats.
The International Christian Concern said: “Local Christians report there have been multiple threats issued against Christians in Putikda village”. Christians of Putikda have been threatened that they must renounce their faith or die.
A reliable Christian news outlet reported that a mob of 50 people attacked a community of Christians in another region of India close to Jharkhand.
The believers were allegedly attacked at midnight on November 24, 2020, after observing the Advent season and celebrating the birth of a child in their community. Bibles were burned, properties were damaged and the believers were accused of “destroying” the local culture.
Open Doors’ Christian persecution watchlist said India is the 10th most difficult countries for Christians to live in.The report said: “Since the current ruling party took power in 2014, incidents against Christians have increased, and Hindu radicals often attack Christians with little to no consequences”.