Underground Church Member Beheaded in J and K
Shopian (Jammu Kashmir), SVM News, April 16, 2007: One of the active members of the SVM (underground) House Church in Kashmir was brutally murdered on Saturday, the 14th of April in India.
Manzoor Ahmad Chat, 33, beheaded by Hizbul militants on Friday night and police recovered the head and the remaining part of the body from Gundi Pora and Pinglana villages in Pulawama District.
Manzoor and family were believing Jesus Christ from Islam and attending prayers of the Salem Voice Ministries (Underground) House Church. He was the one leading the prayer section.
And also Manzoor was a Government employee as a lineman of the Power Development Department (PDD) in the Kakapora area.
On Friday he has gone by his Scooter No. JK13 7831 for the duties. While he was going he met two believers and reminded them about the prayer meetings. But on the way he had been kidnapped by the militants, police suspects.
On Saturday people of the Pinglena village found the headless body from a nearby paddy field. Also found the head kept in a polythene bag near the mosque.
Militants had a plan to kill him earlier. A gunbattle between militants and armed forces had taken place at Manzoor's house last year. He seemed to have been brutally tortured and finally slaughtered to death.
Police registered a case and investigations have been launched. The dead body was handed over to the family after the post mortem.
By this time police killed two leaders of the militant group Leshkar-e-Toyiba.
Rev. Paul Ciniraj, the President of the Christian Ministers of the Churches in India (CMCI) and also the Director of the Salem Voice Ministries condemned the murdership of Manzoor Ahamed. Also he congratulated the State and Central governments for the quick action against terrorists and the continuous fight against terrorism.
Pray for the widow and children of the Martyr Manzoor Ahamed Chat.
Four months ago Evangelist and Campaigner Basheer Ahamed Tantry, who was also a government employee (engineer) was shot dead in Kashmir in front of the public during the day time.
Pastor Ashir of the SVM Underground Church in Kupwara in Kashmir was severely attacked on last month.
SALEM VOICE MINISTRIES NEWS SERVICE (SVM NEWS)