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Priests, nuns attacked in Jharkhand village

Aug. 19, 2013

A mob attacked some priests and nuns of a Jesuit mission in Jharkhand on Sunday demanding a compensation of 1 million rupees for the death of a schoolboy. The 7-year-old boy of St. Xavier’s School in Karon district died suddenly on Aug. 2 after he complained of stomach pain. The doctor certified the cause of the death as cardiac arrest. The Sisters of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate (CIC), who were attacked, manage the school since 2005. They also manage the hostel for girls and boys. The mob came armed with sticks vandalized the convent. Some priests who tried to pacify the crowd were also attacked. One of them, Fr. Salomon, sustained a head injury and was hospitalized.

The attackers demanded 10 lakh rupees (1 million) as compensation for the death of the child. Police intervention brought the situation under control. A press release said missioners of Dumka-Raiganj Jesuits province suspect instigation of fanatic Hindu groups behind the incident as it happened two weeks after the boy's death. There was tension when body of the student was taken to his village near Chittaranjan in neighboring West Bengal state accompanied by nun and director of the mission, Jesuit Father Panimegam.

The villagers initially did not allow the missioners to move out of the village. But later changed their stance and allowed missioners returned.

Source: UCAN



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