A large number of people belonging to the Christian community today took out a protest against the killing of a pastor and blocked the GT road at Slem Tabri area here for over three hours, police said. Paster Masih was shot dead last night by two unidentified bike-borne youths out side a church. The agitators staged a sit-in at the road and also refused to send Masih's body for post mortem.
Traffic came to a standstill in the city and the vehicles going to Jalandhar side had to be diverted to other routes, police said. A meeting of the Christian leaders, chaired by Manwar Masih, chairman of the Punjab State Minority Commission, was held after the protest. It was decided that the postmortem and the funeral of the slain pastor would be held tomorrow. Elaborate security arrangements were made in the city today to thwart any untoward incident in the area. Police said no headway has been made in the case so far as the CCTV cameras installed in the vicinity where Masih was shot failed to provide any clues. "The modus operandi in the case was same as in the murder of RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja, Shiv Sena leader of Khanna Durga Prasad Gupta, Hindu leader Amit Sharma at Ludhiana and two Dera Sacha Sauda followers. Mata Chand Kaur, wife of Namdhari chief was also killed in the same manner," Police Commissioner R N Dhoke said. Dhoke has formed a Special Investigation Team under the leadership of ADCP (Investigation) Gaganjot Singh to nab the culprits.
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