India: Christian man hacked to death in Chennai

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An Indian Christian hacked to death to in Chennai in Tamil Nadu State. The deceased was attacked by a group of men armed with knives and sickles. He was praying reportedly praying inside a church during a service but came out of the church and was attacked.

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34-year-old G. Dhanasekharan was member of a Pentecostal Church and is said to have been involved in local politics and was holding the position of councilor for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party. He was also in the business of real estate – The Times of India reports: “We are also trying to find out whether there was any business rivalry which could have resulted in the murder.”

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Dhanasekharan was praying at Devasabha Church when purportedly he received a phone call on his cell phone, after which he came out of the church. When he was reportedly surrounded by the assailants, he made a dash for life entering another church to take shelter. Unfortunately, he was caught by the assailants and was murdered. The assailants fled from the scene on three motorcycles.

While remarking in this regard, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians, Sajan George stated: “This killing is yet another proof that Christian minorities are particularly vulnerable. The trail of aggression carried out by Hindu militants to the detriment of the Pentecostal faithful is known. Police are investigating but we believe Dhanasekharan was also killed because of his faith.”