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Persecution: India – Politician attacked

November 2016

Christians have been targeted across India in a series of attacks, with one Christian politician stabbed to death in a church in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu in October.

According to reports from Barnabas Fund, Dhanasekharan was at a church service when a phone call lured him outside, where five men were waiting for him. The 34-year-old ran into a nearby church, but was caught and killed.

Dhanasekharan was a member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a state political party. He served the party locally as both a councillor and youth wing secretary. He was also involved with sand supply and lorry transport. He was murdered in Padappai, a small town near Chennai.

After being drawn outside by the phone call, he was chased for around 150 metres before being caught. He was attacked with sickles and other sharp weapons. Other Christians attending the church at the time of the attack fled for fear of their lives.

This came after Christian volunteers were assaulted and Bibles destroyed in Kanataka state, India, as 20 Hindu extremists attacked a Gideons International stall. The attack took place during a four-day annual agricultural festival called Krishi Mela. 

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