On 13 October 2015, Pastor Chamu Hassa Purty was shot and killed while at his home in Sandih village, Jharkhand. The murder happened after he had prayed for a sick boy in a nearby village and then helped him get to hospital.
Five years later, on the evening of 16 April, two men came to the door of the Purty home, asking if it was the home of the pastor who was killed. Threatening the family members who were there, the men shouted: “That pastor was killed, but you did not learn a lesson. You have continued assembling in large numbers for Christian prayers. Where is the woman working as a spy?” Chamu’s widow insisted they were not spies and demanded that the men leave the premises.
When Chamu’s daughter, Neelam, entered the room to see what was happening, one of the men declared, “She is the one!” The day before, Neelam had returned from another community where she was employed as a teacher, since the school had shut down due to the coronavirus lockdown. The man holding a gun shot her and then fled. The bullet pierced Neelam’s thumb and entered her thigh.
With the help of the local pastor, Neelam was transported to hospital where she underwent surgery a few days later. She is recovering well. A police report has been filed and the officers have identified some suspects. It is believed that those responsible for this attack may well be connected to the slaying that took place five years earlier.
Sources: Morning Star News, International Christian Concern, The Telegraph India
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