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Christian, a prayer warrior and estate owner killed in Kerala

8/18/07 India (SVM News) – Christian estate owner murdered at Thathengalam, near Mannarghat in Palakkad district on 17 August.

John Mathew, 47, who was also known as Monachan of Pothukal Njettikkulam in Nilambur of Malappuram district was killed in his farm house at Thathengalam on Thursday night.

The dead body was found on Friday morning at 7.30 on the floor inside the room. Both of the hands and legs were tied up.

The slain man was staying alone in the farm house.

It seems that the murderes destroyed the door and entered into the house. There were some kind of white powder was scattered at verandah and around the house also seen.

John Mathew has 12 acres of land here in Thathengalam. Another 14 acres of land also he has at the neighboring place called Anamooli. He was involved with cultivating rubber, pepper, coconut and other cash crops.

Deputy Superintendent of Police C.K. Ramachandran, Circle Inspector Suresh Babu, Sub Inspector Hussain, Addl. Sub Inspector Unnikrishnan are investigating the case.

From the first investigation we conclude the intention of murder was not robbery. Because nothing found lost from the house. After the postmortem report only we can say anything more,” C.K. Ramachandran, Deputy Superintendent of Police said to the Salem Voice Ministries (SVM) News Service.

Joyamma is his widow and Shiju, Shinu and Preethi are the children. They are living in Nilambur in Malappuram district. Shiju studies for mechanical engineering, Shinu for bio-medicine and Preeti in IVth standard.

John Mathew use to go and stay with the family once in a week only. Rest of the days he would be at his estate to look after the cultivation.

“Monachan was with us on last Saturday and Sunday,” his wife Joyamma told to the SVM News. “He was an active prayer warrior in the church and prayer group,” she continued.

Paul Ciniraj, president of the Christian Ministers of the Churches of India (CMCI) condemned the murdership of John Mathew. He asked the government to find out the murderers and arrest them immediately. “There must be some strong hands behind this christian persecution,” Ciniraj said.