Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pastor goes missing in Hyderabad

From our correspondent

Pastor K Chandra Paul (48), who went missing 19 days ago, was in the habit of calling up his family members every hour whenever he went out.

After setting out on his motorcycle on 28 January 2006 from his house in Papireddy Colony of Chandanagar in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Paul was in touch with his wife Kumari and sons - Adam and Anand - for two days. "We have not heard from him from 30 January 2006. His mobile phone becoming inaccessible is making us nervous," Adam, working as a sales officer with a private firm, said.

Paul had told his family that he was going out to offer prayers. They were not sure where exactly he went. Adam was with his in-laws at Rajahmundry on 28 January 2006 when his father rang up on his mobile saying he was going out.

On the following morning, when Adam arrived in the city, his father called up again saying he was in Secunderabad on some work and would reach home in a day or two. Since he was available on phone, they were not worried. However, the mobile link went off from 30 January 2006.

After waiting for four days, Adam approached the Chandanagar police. "On the suggestion of some police constables familiar to me, I began to check up with my father's friends and our relatives," a worried Adam said.

Finally, he lodged a complaint with the police on 13 February 2006 who booked a case of missing person. "So far, the pastor's vehicle and mobile phone have not been traced. According to his family members, he doesn't have enemies," Balanagar ACP Satyanarayana Reddy said.

Hailing from Tenali in Guntur district, Chandra Paul earlier worked with the Forest Department before joining the Andhra Christian Theological College. He was appointed pastor of Girinagar Church in Jeedimetla five years ago.

Apprehensive of some mischief, All India Christian Council (aicc) sent a fact-finding team headed by its Andhra Pradesh state coordinator Rev Satyam Yellasari. An FIR was subsequently registered at Chandanagar police station. The Christian Council's prompt action came against the background of the brutal murder of two pastors Daniel and Isaac Raju in Hyderabad in the recent past. Incidentally Pastor Chandra Paul is also associated with the same Pastors fellowship "Inter Denominational Pastors Association" which operates under Cyberabad Police commissionerate limits.

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