A Pentecostal clergyman killed in Punjab-India. For Bishop Mulakkal, …

Rev Sultan Masih who was the pastor of the Temple of God Church was gunned down on Saturday night while talking on his mobile phone. The bishop of Jalandhar described the murder of the Bishop as an attack against Christians and said it has “wounded the whole community”. By the time Bishop Mgr Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar was speaking to the Asian News, the police had not identified the assassins. While the motive of the attack of the Bishop still remained unknown, it is reported that the assassins knew he was a clergyman.
The ugly incident has caused anxiety among Christian community in India who have lamented about the deteriorating level of security in the country.
The late Rev Masih was the pastor of the Temple of God Church in Slem Tabri. Those who were well conversant with him said that he had no enemies and lived peacefully with his neighbors. The two men who killed the Bishop were reportedly on a motorbike and shot him while he was outside the church!
The Indian government offered a compensation worth 500,000 rupees [(US$ 7,800) to the victim’s widow. The government further offered jobs in the state police to his son and a daughter so that they could earn a living and support the family.
On his part, the President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) complained that the culture and the lawlessness that prevail in many parts of India nurture hate and a climate of impunity. He called for peace and an end of violence against all religions in India.
For Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), “the lynching culture and the lawlessness that prevail in many parts of India nurture hate and a climate of impunity. We want peace. Violence and murders are against the teachings of every religion.”

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