Hyderabad: The Telangana Police is yet to arrest the accused Pastor Praveen Kumar and his wife Sharon over the death of 21-year old man Girisetty Rajesh who died due to negligence of the Church staff who were praying over him at the Healing Centre at Calvary Church for a miracle of God while he slowly dying due to his high fever.
Garishetti Mangamma, mother of the victim, filed a complaint with the local police and a case was registered against the pastor and his wife under Section 304 (ii) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 420 (breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), following the death of her son last Saturday.
Macherial DCP Rakshita K Murthy told GoaChronicle that investigation was being carried out and they were studying the contents of the complaint. “We are awaiting the post-mortem report. We will then decide on the next course of legal action.”
The family of the deceased has alleged in their statement to the police that that the pastors of the Church allowed Rajesh to die instead of sending him to a hospital even after realising that they could not cure him.
According to the police who registered a case of death under suspicious circumstances, they told GoaChronicle that the family believed that the pastors at the Church could offer special prayers for Rajesh, heal him and bring him back to normal health. However, despite three days of keeping him there and prayers, Rajesh did not get better, but his health got even worse.
The police further revealed that the family stayed near the Church over the past three days to be near the Healing Centre.
On Saturday, a family member noticed the deceased Rajesh being put in an auto trolley and being taken out of the Healing Centre. The family believed he was been taken to the hospital.
The Church staff, however, did not take Rajesh to the hospital. The auto trolley just moved around the area until it was stopped by the family and other residents, who had caught up with the vehicle and protested that Rajesh be taken to a hospital.
After much altercation, the family impressed upon the Church staff to take the auto-trolley to the hospital, where Rajesh was pronounced dead on arrival.
The mother of the deceased alleges that the church pastor tried to portray death as suicide and dispose off the body on lake/railway track. Hearing her screams, other vehicles stopped and the whole episode came to light. Hang the pastor & his wife, raze the church to the ground