Pastor Gideon Periyaswamy was found hung in his one room house beside the church building in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.
January 20, 2018
Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
On 20th January 2018, Pastor Gideon Periyaswamy was found hung in his one room house beside the church building in Adayachery Village in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. Pastor was found hung from the thatched roof of his house early a week after he complained to police about opposition from Hindutva extremists.
Congregation members said they found the body of hanging from a rope in his one-room house beside the church building, but that his knees were bent stiff, as if others had placed him in the noose after his death. He was 43.
He became a believer 25 years ago, Pastor Gideon was single and served as pastor in Adayachery for more than 12 years, his close friend, pastor Azariah Reuben. “The local hindutva extremists were not happy with growing Christianity,” Pastor Reuben said. “They had several times tried to stop the ministry.”
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