Pastor in India Shot Dead

HYDERABADIndia (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India’s Punjab state was shot dead in front of his church premises two months after Hindu extremists took offense at a gospel event celebrating his church’s 25th anniversary, sources said.

Pastor Sultan Masih of Temple of God was found shot dead at Peer Banda Mohalla in the Salem Tabri area of Ludhiana District on Saturday evening (July 15). He was 50.

Masih was talking by phone outside the church building when assailants on a motorbike shot him, CCTV footage recovered by police shows. His son Anoop Masih, discovered him.

“Anoop Masih heard the noise of shooting and came out of his room on the first floor,” Raj Kamal Masih, youngest brother of the pastor, told Morning Star News. “Seeing his dad lying on the road, he screamed and alerted everyone in the church building.”

Pastor Balwinder Kumar told Morning Star News that at about 8:45 p.m., Pastor Masih was inside the church building when he received a call. He came outside the church gate talking on his mobile phone, and he was shot in the neck by two youths on a motorcycle, Pastor Kumar said. read more