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Pastor Seriously Wounded, Father Killed in Northern India

NEW DELHI , June 3, 2021 ( Morning Star News ) – Relatives of a pastor in northern India killed his Christian father with axe and sword blows and seriously wounded the church leader and his brother for leaving tribal religion, sources said.

While local media and police portrayed the May 18 attack in Rajasthan state as a dispute over land, Pastor Ramesh Bumbariya said his step-uncles and cousins assaulted his family for their faith because they left animistic tribal religion for Christianity in 2007.

“My cousins and their families insist that we abandon our Christian faith and follow the ancestral faith,” Pastor Bumbariya told Morning Star News. “When we refused and remained firm in our Christian beliefs, they began to create trouble for us by raising land issues.”

When a group of relatives including men, women and children attacked his home in Thep village, Khajooria, Kotra, Udaipur District, armed with guns, axe, swords and wooden clubs, they first struck the pastor’s father, Bhima Bumbariya, who was outside the house, he said.

“They killed my father, and they wanted to kill me also,” Pastor Bumbariya said.

The First Information Report (FIR) the Christian family filed with police states that the assailants first fired three rounds of gunfire that missed, then struck the pastor’s father with an axe and later with swords, resulting in his death.

“After they struck me thrice on my head with an axe and a sword on my neck, I fell on the ground unconscious, but they continued to strike me with […]