A Story of Persecution from India
Suspected Hindu fundamentalists attacked and nearly killed a Hindu convert pastor in India’s Andhra Pradesh state in early July. But as soon as Pastor Gajjal Niladhri Paul recovers from his severe head and internal injuries, he plans to return to full time ministry.
“Even if I die, I will die for the Lord,” Pastor Paul told an Open Doors representative from his hospital bed in Hyderabad, two days after the attack. “It is my responsibility to preach the gospel, and I will continue doing it.”
The attack left Paul, bleeding profusely. He was rushed to the nearby government hospital and then immediately referred to Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh.
“If he was not brought here in time, he would not have survived, because the nature of injuries was extremely severe,” said the doctor on duty at Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad.
According to the doctor, who asked to remain anonymous, Paul had lost a lot of blood and sustained sharp injuries on his head, requiring stitches. Two days later, he underwent surgery for damage inflicted on a small percentage of his liver.
On the afternoon of the attack, the pastor left home after Sunday services and lunch on a borrowed motor scooter to travel to the nearby town. After making some purchases at a nearby market place, he was returning past Palivela village when “two men suddenly attacked me with their faces covered with handkerchiefs,” he said.
He fell down from the vehicle and was beaten relentlessly.
His attackers left Paul and fled after Christians from Palivela village recognized Paul and intervened. Calling an ambulance, the villagers got him admitted to the Nalgonda district’s Government Hospital. But upon seeing his critical injuries, doctors there immediately referred him to the Hyderabad hospital, some 200 kilometres away.