Two security guards found murdered in Indian Christian school

July 21, 2015 by  
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Two security guards found murdered in Indian Christian schoolNew Delhi, July 16, 2015: Two security guards have been found murdered in the compound of a Christian school in India’s capital New Delhi.

School authorities suspect the July 15 killings could be the latest in a string of sectarian attacks on the Christian community.

The bodies of Sunil Kumar, 36, and Anil Kumar, 32, who were brothers, were discovered tied up in a building of the United Christian Senior Secondary school in the early hours of July 15 with multiple head injuries.

A cupboard in the school principal’s office was broken into and over 20,000 rupees (US$315) were missing, school officials said.

Another security guard who arrived for the morning shift discovered the bodies and alerted police and the school authorities.

“The two men were brutally murdered. A small time criminal would not carry out such gruesome killings,” Satish Sharma, assistant commissioner of police investigating the case, told ucanews.com.

He said the brothers were likely attacked while they were sleeping, as there were no signs of a struggle at the crime scene.

The said the crime was probably committed by more than three people.

School authorities suspect the murders and robbery had a sectarian motive and was aimed at instilling fear in the Christian community.

“It raises serious security concerns for us. I don’t rule out a communal angle to the incident,” Darwin Prashad, the school principal, told ucanews.com.

He said the attack was the fifth on a Christian institution in the area in the last two years.

Two other nearby Christian schools and a church were attacked during this period, he added.

The United Christian Senior Secondary school has 900 students and is run jointly by the Baptist Union of North India and Church of North India.

Meanwhile, the murdered brothers’ family has called for the immediate arrest of the killers.

“They were very peace loving. They studied at the same school they were killed,” Pushpa Devi, the murdered men’s aunt told ucanews.

“Only God knows why they were killed so brutally and what the motive of the killers was,” she added.

– ucan

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