Ludhiana Pastor’s Murder: Protesters block NH-1, demand arrest of culprits

Protesters, who sat on a dharna along with the victim’s body, refused to relent for over four hours. The four-hour protest hit traffic on the busy highway, forcing diversions.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:July 17, 2017 4:09 am
Ludhiana Pastor Murder, Ludhiana Pastor Murder, Ludhiana Pastor Family, Sultan Masih Killing Ludhiana, Temple of God’ church in Ludhiana,  Ludhiana News, Indian Express News Members of the Christian community, stage a protest at the National Highway on Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Demanding arrest of the culprits behind the pastor’s murder, the victim’s family and members of the Christian Federation of Ludhiana staged a sit-in protest at the Jalandhar bypass on NH-1 Sunday. Protesters, who sat on a dharna along with the victim’s body, refused to relent for over four hours. The four-hour protest hit traffic on the busy highway, forcing diversions.

In between, the situation almost turned tense as protesters allegedly became rowdy forcing the police to ready themselves for a lathi-charge. However, Congress MLAs Bharat Bhushan Aashu, Surinder Dawar, Kuldeep Vaid and Sunjay Talwar reached the spot in time to pacify the protesters.

Dawar said,”Christian community on the whole supports Congress party and we have assured them of complete justice. This was a work of anti-social elements to disturb peace in Punjab and we will not let it happen at any cost.”

The dharna was finally lifted after Police Commissioner R N Dhoke asked the protesters to make a 11-member committee to present their case before the police. Pastor Dr K Koshy, president of Council of Ludhiana Churches said, “We have sought extra security outside all churches of Ludhiana as the incident has disturbed us a lot. Pastor died of three bullet injuries. His dead body will be cremated tomorrow…” Koshi added that the postmortem will be done on Monday morning.

Interestingly, although four Congress MLAs reached the spot to pacify the protesters, Congress MLA from the area, Rakesh Pandey, was missing from the scene. He did not visit the family till the filing this report. Christian community members from the area said they were upset because of this. Pandey, however, was not available for comments despite repeated attempts.

Later in the evening, Punjab government announced a government job for a member of the pastor’s family and also Rs 5 lakh compensation to his next of kin.

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    ashokkumar
    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm
    Ludhiana city ak bhut sunder shaer hi .mine to bash eshe ke tarif hi suni hi.jay hind (ludhiana)
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    Raju
    Jul 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    The first point the world misses when evaluating terrorism is that it comes directly from Satan. Jesus stated, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Every act of murder and terror is an act motivated by Satan. He is the Father of terrorism. With each passing day, Satan is becoming more active in the world. “Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short” (Revelation 12:12).The Lord told us a day will come when “anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them” (John 16:2-4).
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    Harish S. Jhaveri
    Jul 17, 2017 at 7:07 am
    Murder should be investigated like any other crime. No need to jump to conclusions.
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    Manga RAM
    Jul 17, 2017 at 5:06 am
    Rise in incidents of violence against SC/ST/OBC and minorities is result of Hindutva politics.
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