05/03/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star news, a pastor in India’s Madhya Pradesh state was brutally attacked by a gang of tribal animists on April 3. Unfortunately, this attack came less than a month after a similar attack on the pastor by the same group of individuals.
On April 3, Pastor Lalu Kirade was attacked by several villagers in Bilood village, located in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. According to Morning Star News, Pastor Kirade was attacked as he returned home from the village grocery shop.
The assailants savagely beat Pastor Kirade, pinned him to the ground, choked him, and robbed him of the little money he had. According to Morning Star News, one of the assailants attempted to crush Pastor Kirade’s vocal cords so that he would no longer be able to lead worship services.
Pastor Kirade was saved when members of his church were informed of the assault. However, Pastor Kirade was left severely injured as a result of the attack.
According to Morning Star News, Pastor Kirade was attacked by these same individuals in early March. In the March attack, the assailants beat Pastor Kirade and other members of his family as they drove them out of their home in Bilood village. Since then, Pastor Kirade and his family have been living in an open field outside the village.
To date, police have done little to protect Pastor Kirade and his family. According to Morning Star News, police were still reluctant to assist Pastor Kirade after reporting this most recent assault.