November 21 (Compass Direct News) – Two unidentified militants today killed a Christian convert from Islam on a busy road in Mamoosa village, Barmullah district, in the terror-stricken state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Bashir Ahmed Tantray, a 50-year-old engineer working with the power department of the state government in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, was shot dead seemingly by Islamist militants while he was standing at a busy bus stand near his parents’ house in Mamoosa,” a local Christian source told Compass.
According to eye-witness accounts, two young men came to the bus stand on their motorbike at about 10:30 a.m. today and started inquiring about the timing of the buses. One of the militants took a pistol from his jacket and fired three rounds at Tantray.
Shot at point-blank range, Tantray died as the militants fled the scene.
Tantray, who had received Christ about a decade ago and had been an active Christian worker ever since, is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.
A volunteer worker with various Christian organizations including the Global Council of Indian Christians, Tantray was one of the most prominent Christians in the Kashmir valley, the source said.
“There is no doubt among the people, both Christian and Muslim, here that he was killed because of his identity of a Christian worker,” the source said. “We fear that we will be killed one by one. However, if we are to be killed, we would like to be killed together at one go.”
The slain Christian had come to Barmullah yesterday to visit his extremely ill father....