Tribal animists ambushed a pastor as he returned from a grocery store after his family was chased into the jungle in Bilood village in Madhya Pradesh in central India before demolishing his house.
Pastor Lalu Kirade, according to Morning Star News was attacked, beaten and pelted by seven individuals led by a man known as Laxman.
“They had sprung on me like a pack of wild dogs,” the pastor recalled. “They told me to call upon my God to come and rescue me.”
“My head began to spin with the sudden strike. Blood started to ooze out of the injury, and I fell on the ground. I heard the men shouting at Laxman’s wife for hitting me with a stone. They said they had planned to hit me in a way that I would not bleed. They scolded the women for not doing as planned.”
The pastor narrated how others pull him down so he could not move as the niece of the foreman put her foot on his throat.
“I was gasping for breath and thought that I would die,” Kirade said, adding that Laxman’s niece said, “Call upon your God for help. You pray and preach using your vocal cords, I am going to bring an end to your voice today.”
According to Christian Post, the assailants hit and kicked him, pulled his ears, dragged him by the hair and uttered profanity about Christianity and Christ, the pastor said, besides robbing him of rupees equivalent to $51.