The victim was attacked by Muslim villagers while he was helping to set up an open-air evangelistic event.
Two brothers were abducted, beaten with iron rods and pressured to convert to Islam. “This is not the first time Christians are targeted in the area”, says a Christian leader.
Assailants left a note on his body stating that they were Maoists who had killed the pastor for being a “police informer”.
His Muslim relatives accused the Christian evangelist of holding open-air meetings and debates.
Muslim extremists tried to kill the apologist while they threatened him: “You have terrorized our religion. Today Allah has called you, and you are going to meet him” .
Sikh family members reviled the women for believing in Christ. Police pressured the Christians to reach an agreement with the assailants.
Officers and Hindu extremists threaten and beat Christian men, women and children.
Hindu extremists falsely accuse a pastor and four other Christians of eating cow beef.
A tribal mob, incited by Hindu extremists, killed the 16-year-old, falsely accusing him and other targeted Christians of practicing black magic.
Animists in various villages harass Christians who refuse to renounce their faith.
A Hindu extremist practice of turning animistic villagers against Christians has intensified in Jharkhand, as general elections are underway through May.