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(Christian Post) – The brutal killings of Pastor K. Isaac Raju and Rev. K. Daniel have shaken the Christian community of Andhra Pradesh and have prompted several Christian leaders to believe that both the preachers were victims to communal violence that was surfacing in the state, the New Delhi-based Christian Today newspaper has confirmed.

Whereas the gunny bag containing the decomposed body of the 40-year old Hosanna Ministries preacher was recovered by the police near a drainage canal on the outskirts of Hyderabad , the capital of Andhra Pradesh, on June 2, Rev. Daniel, an independent preacher, succumbed to his wounds on May 20. Police reports confirm that acid was poured on the body of Rev. Daniel, who hail from Neralla, Karimnagar district. Both the preachers were reported missing for several days before they were found dead.
“We see the hand of anti-Christian groups behind the murders,” said B. Danam, executive secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Christian Federation (APCF). APCF has urged the state government to take stringent measures to curb such fundamentalist groups. In response to the protests against the killings, State Home Minister K. Jana Reddy has ordered a special probe into the apparent murders. The home minister has also offered protection to Christian missionaries living in the state. Following the recovery of Pastor Raju’s body, the state government has also formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to find those responsible for the murders.