(BosNewsLife) – Hindu extremists allegedly “tortured and killed” a native missionary in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh last Thursday, when a court acquitted fellow militants in the murder of another, Australian, missionary and his two children, BosNewsLife learned from local sources Wednesday May 25.
Christian Aid Mission (CAM), which supports indigenous missionaries in the area, identified the murdered person only as Brother D. because of security fears. “Apparently, Brother D. left his house with Gospel tracts early on the morning of May 19,” indigenous ministry officials told BosNewsLife in an e-mail message released by CAM . “He never returned [and] his wife gave the police a missing person report [the same day]. On the morning of May 20, local newspapers brought news of an unrecognized dead body some boys had found” in Andhra Pradesh,” said a local ministry official on condition of anonymity. “The next day, Brother D.’s wife identified the body as her husband by his clothes.” Investigators reportedly discovered that the man was tortured with acid poured over his face and body. CAM said locals suspect that “Hindu extremists” were behind the attack. “Whoever killed him put his body in a gunny sack and threw it outside the city into the bushes,” added a local ministry official in the CAM statement. Police investigations continue, CAM said.