Indian Christian Killed by Hindu Priests

BosNewsLife is reporting that a young Indian evangelist and shepherd has been killed by Hindu priests looking for a human sacrifice to offer to a Hindu goddess.

The Global Council of Indian Christians(GCIC), an advocacy group representing church and mission groups, said Vipin Mandloi, 27, was shot dead near Aamkut village in the Jhabua District of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Mandloi had reportedly been missing since October 14 when he left his house to a nearby mountain to graze his goats and sheep near a Hindu temple. “There was a new temple of Kali the ‘goddess’ of the Hindus [and he] was in its premises…Three ‘Pujaris’, or ‘Hindu Priests’ came there and they shot [and killed] Vipin Mandloi with a…pistol,” GCIC President Sajan George told BosNewsLife.

The Hindu priests were apparently angry that he had become a Christian and, after abuse of alcohol and a failed marriage, returned to mission work, preaching the Gospel and helping a fellow evangelist who runs several churches in the area.

“The goddess Kali is a bloodthirsty goddess and she is even given human sacrifice so it is suspected that the [priests] found this an opportune time [to kill the evangelist] as they were already upset with his decision of accepting Christ.”

The priests reportedly admitted their involvement in the murder, saying the evangelist had been “stealing coconuts and money that was offered at the temple of Kali.” George said the charges were not proven. Three of the priests have been freed on bail, according GCIC investigators.

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