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  Murder cuffs on high-flying evangelist
  By G.S. Radhakrishna | www.telegraphindia.com

Hyderabad, May 21: K.A. Paul, the high-flying Indian American evangelist whose organisation once owned a Boeing 747, was arrested in Andhra Pradesh today on the charge of having had his brother murdered two years ago, police said.

Circle inspector Srinivas of Ongole town alleged that Paul, 48, offered him Rs 1 crore when he arrived to arrest him and produced Rs 3 lakh on the spot as "advance payment".

The Andhra-born Paul had become a naturalised US citizen in the 1990s but returned to India five years ago and floated a political party. He was in Ongole, 350km from Hyderabad, to campaign for a by-election when he was arrested and remanded in 15 days' judicial custody.

He has been charged under IPC Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 307 (attempt to murder), PTI quoted Prakasam superintendent of police Raghurami Reddy as saying.

Paul has also been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act for the alleged bribe offer, apparently on the basis of tapes of the conversation produced by the officer.

Sources said the evangelist and his brother David Raju had fallen out over the control of the assets of Paul's foundation, Gospel for the Unreached Millions, which had set up a 1,000-acre "charity city" near Sadashivpet in Medak. In 2010, David was mysteriously found dead at the wheel of his Innova car on a highway.

The same year, the police arrested the alleged contract killer, Koteswar Rao. Circle inspector Srinivas today claimed Koteswar had recently confessed that it was Paul who had hired him to murder David.

According to PTI, Paul told reporters before being taken to prison that some Congress leaders and Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy had conspired to send him to jail. Paul and Jagan's father, former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, had been at loggerheads since YSR ordered a probe into allegations of land-grabbing by the evangelist for his charity city.

Paul was born Anand Kilari, son of a poor fisherman in the northern coastal district of Vizianagaram. He became a full-time evangelist at 19 and later moved to the US.
 
   
   
  Attempt to burn down Holy Family Catholic Church at Srinagar
  By A.J. Philip

New Delhi, May 24: An attempt was made to burn down the Holy Family Catholic Church, MA Road, Srinagar, in Jammu and Kashmir on May 14, around 8.15 p.m.

According to Fr Mathew Thomas, Vicar of the church, two youths scaled the boundary wall of the church, opened a bottle of petroleum, poured it on the church's main door, lit it with a match stick and ran to safety.

The fire was soon detected and extinguished before it could damage the church building and the furniture inside. The church door was partially destroyed. The incident was captured by the camera installed in the church.

On informing the police, they arrived, watched the CCTV footage and prepared a preliminary report. On their suggestion, a First Information Report (FIR) was also filed. No arrest has been made so far.

It is the second such incident in the 109-year-old church. In January last, some unidentified miscreants barged into the church premises and burnt the motorcycle belonging to the priest. It was kept in the veranda of his residence. The motorcycle was completely destroyed.

The incident has shaken the small Catholic community in the state Capital.
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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