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The body of a pastor was found beheaded on the shore of a reservoir in eastern India on 2 May, hours after he was abducted by around 25 masked men whom police believe to be Maoists.

Residents of Kubasal village, in the Tamar area of Jharkhand state, identified the body lying on the shore of Surangi reservoir as Pastor Abraham Topno and alerted police. He is believed to have been murdered in the late hours of 1 May.

The 46-year-old pastor was last seen by villagers travelling in a jeep with a local taxi driver named Ranga Singh Munda.

“It was late in the evening, as they entered the thick forests surrounding the state capital, Ranchi,” Inspector Gimal Kumar said. “They pulled the pastor and the driver out, blindfolded them and tied their hands with a stiff rope. Then they cut his throat.

“The masked men told Ranga Singh Munda to go away and that that they have no business with him. ‘We only want him [the pastor],’ they said, and asked Munda to run away.”

The inspector stated that the pastor’s body, whose head had been severed, had been taken for a post-mortem. He added that the jeep was found near the body and had been set on fire.

A note was found in red ink in the Hindi language that said, “Death to police spy. Long live PLGA [People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army],” and signed “Your Maoists”.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • May the Lord’s ministering Spirit bring comfort to those mourning the loss of Pastor Abraham.
  • Pray the death of Pastor Abraham will not be in vain but that the Lord may use the news of this tragedy as a witness for the Gospel.
  • Pray for the protection of Christians throughout Odisha, India who are frequently opposed for their faith.