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Priest attacked, injured in bedroom

High-school chief suffers multiple fractures in assault by three youths

Priest attacked, injured in bedroom
Father Sebastian Kaiparambil in hospital
ucanews.com reporter, Indore
India

March 30, 2011

A Catholic priest was attacked and seriously injured by three youths today in Khandwa diocese in Madhya Pradesh.

Father Sebastian Kaiparambil, who received head injuries and multiple fractures, said the assailants entered his bedroom around 2:30am local time after breaking a window and demanded several school documents from him.

The priest, who runs St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School, in Badwah, Khargone district, said he told them to come to his office in the morning at which point one of the attackers hit him over the head with a spade handle.

“I ran to the toilet screaming but the assailants, all in their twenties, followed hitting and kicking me,” he said from his hospital bed.

After beating me up, the assailants fled with two mobile phones and 70,000 rupees (US$1,555) in cash, he said.

After the attack Father Kaiparambil said he somehow managed to reach a security guard who informed some nuns.

The nuns took him to the government hospital in Badwah from where he was rushed to a private hospital in Indore, 70 kilometers away.

Doctors said the priest’s condition is not life threatening.

Khandwa Diocese public relations officer Father Philip Kaduthanam said police had been informed and were investigating.

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