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Indian pastor beheaded after abduction in Jharkhand state

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An Indian pastor was beheaded by masked men, on Tuesday May 1. 46-year-old, Pastor Abraham Topno was attacked by about two dozen masked men in the Indian state of Jharkhand. He had been ministering in the area for about twenty years.

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Media reported that the driver of Pastor Abraham Topno details that about two dozen men with their faces completely covered abducted Pastor Abraham and later beheaded him in Ranchi district of Jharkhand. His severed head was found next to his car, that was set on fire. The Marxists have claimed the responsibility of the attack, as a note was left next to the dead body. The note read, “Death to police spy”.

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Pastor Abraham had been pastoring to a congregation of the Pentecostal Church of God. Local Christians believe that the right-wing extremists had provoked the Marxists to attack Pastor Abraham. Another pastor Nuas Mundu, from a church nearby believes that Hindu nationalists were behind thos attack. Since, BJP came in power; 2014 Christian persecution has increased as violent attacks on churches, pastors and Christians’ properties have been witnessed.

“We know that he was a vibrant evangelist, a pioneer missionary, and we suspect that Hindu extremists are behind his killing. Maoists will kill anybody for money, and if someone pays them, they will do the job for them”, Pastor Mundu.

Despite the fact that some Christians believe that Hindu nationalists were behind the attack, yet there are some Christians who believe that Maoists are attacking Christians increasingly. Some areas in east, center and south are witnessing increased insurgency by Maoist rebels.

Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India-an evangelical group termed last year as among traumatic year for the India Christians. The group termed 2017 as “one of the most traumatic for the Christian community” in ten years. It was the worst since, 2007 and 2008 in terms of Christian persecution. Last year. about 100 Christians were killed and thousands of Christians’ homes were torched in Kandhamal district in Orissa state only.