75 year old Pastor was brutally beaten and left with serious injuries at Pathankot, Punjab.

  December 19, 2017

  Gurdaspur, Punjab

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault, Social Ostracism

On 19th December 2017, 75 year old Pastor was brutally beaten and left with serious injuries at Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Punjab.

Pastor was ministering in the Karoli Village which in the border of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. He has been ministering in the same place for the last 50 years.

Pastor and Evangelist were paying a visit to one of the believers. They were waiting outside the house for transport to get back home. While waiting, they handed out Gospel tracks to one unidentified person who began to brutally beat them and asked them to leave the area immediately. As they were proceeding to leave the place, the same person took a branch of a tree and chased them while continuing to beat them.

The aged Pastor, who could not keep up the pace, unfortunately fell. Using this opportunity, Pastor was brutally beaten saying they were carrying out religious conversion work and made hurtful remarks against Christians and Christianity saying if ever showed up in the area then our team (hindutva extremists) will finish you off.

Finally, they managed to get a 3-wheeler to get away from the place. But the persecutors were relentless. They chased these Christians on their bikes, stopped the 3-wheeler and beat them again. It was only after reaching Pathankot, that both could get medical attention. Pastor was grievously injured especially on his eye. Evangelist told that they did not filed any complaint against those hindutva extremists as the local believers may get into the further trouble

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