Police on security duty as memorial service of pastor Sultan Masih, who was shot dead outside a church recently, took place at a church in Salem Tabri, Ludhiana, on Monday, July 24.(HT Photo)
Police on security duty as memorial service of pastor Sultan Masih, who was shot dead outside a church recently, took place at a church in Salem Tabri, Ludhiana, on Monday, July 24.(HT Photo)

Pastor’s murder in Punjab: Police team to patrol areas around Ludhiana churches

There are at least 300 churches in Ludhiana district, while 215 in the city area that come under the police commissionerate
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2017 09:59 AM IST

After failing to nab culprits behind the murder of pastor Sultan Masih, shot dead on July 15 by two bike-borne men in front of a church in the Salem Tabri area, a police party will patrol areas around churches in the city during evening. The decision was taken during a recent police department meeting.

There are at least 300 churches in Ludhiana district, while 215 in the city area that comes under the police commissionerate. “Patrolling near churches has been increased as a precautionary measure to safeguard the Christian community in wake of killing of pastor Sultan Masih. Mobile patrolling by police teams will continue near the churches till the case is solved,” said police commissioner RN Dhoke.

DCP Dhruman Nimble added that the police were determined to not allow any other untoward incident in the city.

Two guards for Masih’s family

Two security guards have also been provided to the family of Masih. State minority commission member Albert Dua said he had raised the issue of threat to preachers at the church. “There was a threat to the members of our community after which police decided to provide security cover,” said Dua. 

Memorial service held

Religious preachers from across the country held the memorial service held for Masih on Monday. Punjab education minister Aruna Chaudhary, senior SAD leader Bikram Majithia, Ludhiana MLAs, including Rakesh Pandey, Surinder Dawar, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, among others were present at the memorial service. 

Aman Arora, co-president, Aam Aadmi Party, said, “The law and order situation in Punjab has collapsed and the state government has failed to provide a sense of security to the people. Anarchy prevails in the state.”

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