Slain Ludhiana Pastor buried amid security
By Raju William
Ludhiana, July 17, 2017: The body of Pastor Sultan Masih, who was shot dead on Saturday night, was buried amid tight security.
A large number of mourners accompanied the coffin which was taken from the church Temple of God in Salem Tabri area to Cemetery in Civil Lines in a procession.
They included Christian religious leaders of Catholic and Protestant churches from all parts of Punjab and members of the local community including representatives of all the churches of Ludhiana.
The police had made tight security arrangements. The Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana RN Dhoke also attended the burial.
The post-mortem of the body was done by the medical team from Civil Hospital, Ludhiana at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here.
Member of Punjab State Minorities Commission and national president of Christian United Federation Albert Dua informed that Memorial Service for the slain Pastor would be held on July 24 between 10 am and 1 pm at Dana Mandi near Jalandhar Bypass, Ludhiana.
“In the wake of the murder of our religious leader, we urge the state government and the local police to ensure safety and security besides arrest of the accused at the earliest,” said Dua.
Condolences also poured in from different parts of the country and abroad.
Mourners at graveyard in Civil Lines, Ludhiana on Monday
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has already announced financial aid of Rs 5 lakh for the widow and a job in the police department for the son of the slain Pastor.
The prominent Christian leaders present during the burial included Rakesh William from Dhariwal, Peter Cheeda, Gurdaspur, Subhash Thoba and Daniel Masih from Amritsar, Hameed Masih, Jalandhar, George Soni, Sanawar Bhatii from Guruharshai, Johnson Gill and Amrian Gill from Ludhiana among others.
Inputs by Sanjeev Sood