Christian Priest murdered in Andhra Pradesh

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Tortured and disfigured body of Fr. Rev. Thomas Pandippallyil, a Catholic Priest, was found in Yellareddy area in Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh on August 16, 2008

The body of Rev. Thomas Pandippallyil, a member of Carmelite of Mary Immaculate, was found when people waiting for Sunday Mass in a village began a search after the priest failed to turn up. His body was found in a deserted area in Balampilly village with the legs and hands crushed with severe beatings, and eyes gorged out.

He is believed to be killed on Saturday night. His motor bike was also found abandoned at a distance of one kilometer. On Saturday, he reportedly offered a Mass in Burgida village, where he stayed and started for another village for the Sunday Mass.

The priest was actively involved in educational field. He joined the Chanda mission of the CMI on 24th June 1987. He was ordained a priest in 2002. He was the rector for the Chanda mission province of the CMI, and also worked as hospital administrator, school manager and mission centre director.

GFA students attacked in Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Several students belonging to Gospel For Asia seminary were attacked by a group of Hindu extremists in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on August 15, 2008.

Rev. Merlin Clarance, a local pastor, informed EFI that on Independence Day morning few GFA students were distributing the Gospel tract “Sachi Azadi” when a group of extremist having affiliation with the Hindu Jagran Manch arrived on the spot and caught hold of one of the students and indiscriminately started beating him. The other students, however, managed to escape from the scene.

After the merciless pounding they even took the student to the Cantt police station. Later the Principal along with the teachers of the college arrived at the police station. But to their utmost horror they too were attacked and abused in front of the police officials by the fundamentalists gathered at the station.

Without any substantial proof police detained the principal along with his staff. The Christians were detained in the police station overnight.

Inspector Jagdish Pal of Cantt police station informed that no case was lodged against either parties. The students and principal were detained only for the safety purpose.

EFI requests prayers for the safety of the Christian brothers and sisters in these places.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
General Secretary
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India

Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations