Yalam Sankar, a 50-year-old Christian pastor, has been brutally murdered in Angampalli village, Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.
According to local Christians, two days before the murder the local Hindutva men threatened Pastor Yalam Shankar that they would kill him if he continued to preach the Christian faith.
Last Thursday, five masked men broke into the pastor’s house, dragged him out, and stabbed him to death, according to International Christian Concern (ICC), an NGO whose concern is the human rights of Christians and religious minorities across the globe.
The deceased was known to defend Christians from the Hindu nationalists. Sankar is survived by his wife, two sons, and grandchildren.
Pastor Shankar was the Senior Pastor of BCM (Bastar for Christ Movement) Church in Angampalli. He was a former sarpanch of the village and a very influential person.
A local Christian who wished to remain anonymous told ICC, “the Christians in this area have been facing intense opposition from the radical Hindu nationalists. Several times Pastor Shankar defended Christians from radical Hindu nationalists, and that could be the reason for this extreme form of persecution of killing.”
Christians in Chhattisgarh state have been facing severe persecution following the hate speeches of Hindutva groups and politicians.