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Bishop demands police arrest those who attacked priest

Indian priest was attacked by a machete after completing a prayer service at a students’ hostel

Updated: June 22, 2016 10:37 AM GMT
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Bishop demands police arrest those who attacked priest

A bishop in India has condemned a machete attack on his priest in northeastern India and is demanding action from police in arresting the attacker.

"We are in a state of shock. This is the first ever incident like this in our region," Bishop Michael Akasius Toppo of Tezpur told ucanews.com.

Father Sushil John Soren, parish priest of Bhirobkhund in Tezpur Diocese in Assam state was returning to his residence after completing a prayer service at a nearby students' hostel when a stranger followed him and attacked him with a machete June 19. He ducked to save his head but was seriously wounded on both hands.

"We are clueless about the motive behind the attack," the bishop said and wanted police to arrest the attacker as "so far no one has been arrested in the case."

The priest was discharged from the Guwahati Neurological Research Center June 22 where he was operated upon and undergoing treatment, Bishop Toppo said.

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Indian Catholic bishops' conference said that it is a "very sad thing" that a man of God has been attacked.

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