Son, Church trash suicide theory in pastor's death

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Aizawl, Oct 28 (UNI) Even as Rev Chanchinmawia's demise remains shrouded in mystery, the pastor's son today rubbished the suicide theory in his father's death.

''The speculations that my father had killed himself hurt me most. I can never believe it. I have many reasons to believe why my father would never have killed himself,'' Dr Ramdinpuia told mediapersons here.

''My father often expressed his desire to live long. He was eagerly looking forward to the completion of our (his children's) studies and had often talked about our future career. He had also chalked out plans for his post-retirement. He had many unfinished tasks as a socio-political reformist,'' he added.

The former Mizoram Presbyterian Synod moderator and Khatla Presbyterian pastor was found dead in a pool of blood inside the kitchen of his quarters at Khatla on October 1.

Dr Ramdinpuia claimed that the pastor had already drafted his speech for the ensuing Presbytery (an annual assembly of Presbyterian churches) and chalked out the tour programme to his pastorate.

He also pointed out that his father had an appointment with ''someone outside the family who was the last person met by my father.'' He also admitted that his father was suffering from depression following his cardiac ailment, but made it clear that it was a ''mild depression,'' which was not so severe to make him suicidal.

The pastor's wife had believed that her husband had killed himself due to his depression and accordingly insisted on not conducting a post-mortem.

However, it was later decided to conduct a post-mortem and the Mizoram Synod submitted an FIR to the Aizawl police station.

Dr Ramdinpuia claimed that his father used to receive calls from underground elements, strengthening the speculations that Rev Chanchinmawia could have had enemies due to his outright criticisms of the existing political system in the state as the president of the Synod-sponsored Mizoram People's Forum, which aims at socio-political reforms in the state.

He also claimed that his father had received a threat letter from someone about which he had never mentioned even to his wife.

Meanwhile, the pastor's wife now believes that her husband was killed, Dr Ramdinpuia said.

The fact that the crime scene had been tampered with when police arrived made things even more confusing.

The knives and a hammer found near the body had been washed when the police arrived.

''What has ruled out the suicide possibility is that the body bore multiple injuries,'' the pastor's son said.

''My father, who had just undergone an open heart surgery and was regularly taking diuretics and anti-depressant pills, could not have inflicted such wounds on himself,'' he added.

The Mizoram Presbyterian Church, the state's largest Christian denomination, also expressed its disbelief on the suicide theory.

''Considering the multiple wounds borne by his body, it is hard to believe that Rev Chanchinmawia killed himself,'' Synod moderator Rev Vanlalchhunga told mediapersons yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee demanded a CBI probe into the case, alleging that police were clueless even after nearly a month.

UNI

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