Injured catholic priest dies in Chennai - AICC

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 29 (UNI) Catholic Father Bernard Digal, injured in the communal violence in August, died in Chennai yesterday, All India Christian Council General Secretary John Dayal today said.

In a statement, Mr Dayal claimed that Mr Digal, a native of strife-torn Kandhamal district, was the first Roman Catholic priest killed in the violence.

He said the father was attacked on August 24 last, a day after VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and four of his disciples were gunned down by some unknown assailants.

During the attack, Father Bernard was brutally beaten and left in a field overnight. The next morning he was taken to a local hospital and later shifted to a private hospital at Bhubaneswar.

For further treatment, he was later taken to Mumbai from where he was released. The father, Mr Dayal said, was recently admitted to a Chennai hospital where he died yesterday.


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