Pastor Munsi Deo Tando was abducted and murdered in cold blood near his village named Bhatpar, situated in the Bhamaragad Taluka of the Gadchiroli Distric. Pastor Vijay Kumar informed Persecution Relief that the Pastor was conducting a prayer and fasting meeting on Friday, the 10th of July 2020 at 4 pm. He concluded the meeting at around 5:30 pm. “After the meeting, a group of Naxalites came to his house, 6 people in all, out of whom 3 were women. They caught hold of the 30-year-old Pastor and immediately bound his hands behind his back. They then seized him and took him around half a kilometre away from his home and shot him dead” said Pastor Vijay Kumar. “His body was later discovered at the same spot.” he added. Persecution Relief spoke to Pastor Vijay Kumar who was at the hospital, 13 kms away from the village, where a postmortem of Pastor Munsi’s body was being conducted. “The pastor and his family faced a lot of persecution in the village because of their Christian faith. A few villagers did not approve of his Christian activities and openly opposed him. False allegations were made against him to the Naxalites.” said Pastor Vijay. Pastor Munsi is survived by his wife Jaini and 3 young children who are currently in a state of shock. The local Christian community is in disbelief and saddened by the news.