Dalit Christian Hacked to Death by Hit Man Hired by Father of Upper-Caste Woman

www.christianpost.com | 9/19/2018 | Staff
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(Screenshot: YouTube.com / KaRuNyA RAJu)Pranay Kumar (L) was reportedly hacked to death on Sept. 14, 2018 after he was coming out a hospital in the Nalgonda district with his pregnant wife Amrutha Varshini (R) because of her father's objection to their intercaste marriage.

Seven people were arrested Tuesday in the Indian state of Telangana in connection with the killing of a low-caste Christian man who married an upper-caste woman.

Pranay - Kumar - Death - Friday - Hospital

Pranay Kumar, 23, was reportedly hacked to death last Friday as he walked out of a hospital in the Nalgonda district with his pregnant wife, Amrutha Varshini.

Varshini belonged to the third-highest caste community in Hindu society, while Kumar is part of India's low-ranking Dalit caste.

Couple - January - Amrutha - Father - Maruti

The couple was married in January. Amrutha's father, Maruti Rao, was among the men arrested for Kumar's murder. Nalgonda Police Chief A.V. Ranganath told the media that the murder appears to be a contract killing.

According to the Indian magazine The Week, police say that Rao was opposed to the marriage and conspired with others to kill Kumar. Rao was alleged to have paid an advance of about Rs 15 lakh, which is the equivalent of about $20,000, to carry out the murder.

Surveillance - Footage - Kumar - Hospital - Assailant

Surveillance footage shows Kumar walking out of the hospital when an assailant, who was later identified as Subhash Kumar Sharma, attacked the victim from behind with a machete and got in at least two blows before fleeing the scene.

According to The Hindustan Times, local Congress leader Abdul Karim, suspected Islamic terrorist Asghar Ali, and Rao's brother, Sravan, and driver Shiva were also arrested in connection with the murder.

Ali - Pakistan - Intelligence - Ali - Aid

Ali is accused of being connected with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence. Ali and his aid, Mohammad Bari, who was also arrested for the killing of Kumar, were both accused and acquitted previously for the murder of former Gujarat home minister Haren...
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