News in Brief: Pak, India & Uzbekistan

July 29, 2013 by  
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INDIA: SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF PASTOR DISMISSED BY POLICE AS ACCIDENT

Christians in IndiaChristian leaders have claimed that a pastor in Orissa was murdered after police dismissed his suspicious death as an accident. The Rev. Jaisankar went missing on 11 July as he made his way by motorbike to Lamtaput, Kandhamal district. His body was later found near a riverbank.Police said the pastor fell into the river and was dragged away by the current, but the Global Council of Indian Christians believes he was murdered because of the nature of his wounds, which indicated signs of violence, and because of the climate of hostility towards Christians in Orissa.The incident is reminiscent of that of Michael Nayak, whose death police dismissed as a road accident; a court later reopened the case as a murder investigation.

PAKISTAN: POLICE INQUIRY CLEARS OFFICERS OF TORTURE AND DEATH OF CHRISTIAN TEENAGER

Pakistani Christians An internal police inquiry has cleared all officers implicated in the case of Christian teenager Adnan Masih, who died in custody after allegedly being tortured. Following outrage from the Christian community, senior police officials announced that all officers involved in the matter had been arrested and suspended, and that an inquiry would be conducted. But they were never arrested, and an internal inquiry has now cleared them of accusations of torture and causing Adnan’s death.His family has been warned by senior officers that if they do not withdraw charges, they will face severe consequences.

UZBEKISTAN: POLICE THREATEN TO SHOOT HOUSE CHURCH MEMBERS FOLLOWING RAID

UzbekistanPolice officers threatened to shoot members of a house church, including children, who were rounded up in a raid on their Sunday gathering.All 78 attendees were taken to the police station for questioning following the raid at the home of Svetlana Andreychenko in Karshi on 21 April. She was later fined 50 times the minimum monthly salary for carrying out unauthorised religious activity and teaching religious beliefs.On 23 June, the church’s Sunday meeting was raided again and each member summoned one by one to be photographed. Officers took air-conditioning units from the walls in an effort to stop the Christians from gathering. The head of the local CID threatened to confiscate Svetlana’s home.

– barnabas team

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