It is alleged that Pastor Gideon Periyaswamy was brutally beaten and tortured before being murdered. His body was found hanging in the Church at Kovathur, on ECR Road, near Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, situated on the Coromandel Coast, 70 kilometers South of Chennai.
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The following excerpt was posted by Pastor’s close associate:
“Name: Gideon Periyaswamy, Age: 43, Village/Ministry/Residing at: Adaiyalacherry, near Koovathur (2km distance), Kalpakkam, Church Name: Maknayeem
Pastor Gideon had been ministering at Adaiyalacherry village for several years. Saturday was a day of ‘prayer and fasting’. As the congregation made their way to the Church, they found Pastor’s house locked from the outside, which was very unusual.
As the situation seemed very odd, the members opened the house to find Pastor dead and hanging by a rope around his neck. They removed the rope to find a blood clot around the throat and neck area, where the rope had fatally strangled him. There were no other traces of blood on his body.
A gold ring that was on his finger was missing. All other belongings remained untouched, including his mobile telephone.
It appears that he might have been first strangled with a rope, by two or more people causing his death in the night.
Pastor had been receiving frequent death threats. Earlier, religious fundamentalists had vandalized the roof of the Church. Another time, they had cut the water supply that was provided from the Village Panchayat, removed the bore well, beat and threatened him on many occasions, accusing him of converting people to Christianity.
Pastor was unmarried and lived a testimonial life in the image of Jesus Christ. He was known as a man of prayer, praying for over 5-6 hours daily.
The members of this Church humbly ask that the necessary investigations be done as no action has been taken until this time. We ask that the Advocate allotted for this case, demand for a post-mortem be done in the presence of a Judge. The post-mortem is expected to be done on Monday, 22nd January.
A ‘Road Roko’ agitation was held by the Public on ECR (East Coast Road), to protest the willful killing of the Pastor. This event was covered by “Puthiya Thalaimurai TV” and telecasted briefly. However, the news has now been pulled off the air.
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