Maoists killed pastor John Maraiah at Lachhigudem in Chintur mandal of East Godavari district on Friday night. Locals said that Maoists killed Maraiah as they suspected he was a police informer. Lachhigudem is situated at a distance of 20 km from Edurallapalli police station. The policemen are afraid to visit the village as it is located in thick forest.GCIC coordinators Pastor C. S. John and his associate Pastor Steven are seized of the matter and trying to carry forward mission of educating the tribal community with grace and passion.Pastor Maraiah wa working very closely with them in the past.
Extreme Hindu activists kidnapped pastor Rampal Kori ,38, Nand Lal ,49, a member of his church, on July 21 night from a house at Mauganj tehsil in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh, where they were leading a prayer meeting
According to Pastor Kori, their abductors tied them to a tree and beat them up with wooden sticks, kicked and punched accusing them of indulging in religious conversion, a charge they deny.
Even though the police rescued them in an early morning operation, on July 22, eight hours after their abduction, they were sent to jail on the same day charging them with hurting Hindu religious sentiments and violating the provisions of the stringent anti-conversion law that restrains conversion through allurement or force.