source:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/01/india-religion Fr.Bernard Digal, the financial administrator of Catholic Diocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar was the first priest to succumb to Kandhamal violence. As we entered into four years of this horrible human tragedy aimed at anti-christians violence unleashed, I do feel like sharing the interview of Fr.Bernard Digal to a UK based Guardian daily newspaper before he succumbed to injury.
There has always been rivalry between Hindus and Christians in India, but it was the killing of an elderly Hindu holy man called Laxmananda Saraswati that sparked off the anti-Christian riots that have spread through India over the past month. In the eastern state of Orissa, Hindu fundamentalists burnt down Christian homes and churches and rounded on minority Christians, leaving many of them dead. Father Bernard Digal, 46, a Roman Catholic priest, was among those who tried to get away. He recalls what happened on the night the mob caught up with him
Guardian Weekly, Wednesday 1 October 2008 09.00 BST
On August 23 this year, while I was on an official visit to Khandamal, I got the news that Swami Laxmananda Saraswati had been shot dead and the Bajrang Dal was accusing Christians of having had a hand in the killing. We were informed that after the swami's funeral rites the Bajrang Dal would take their revenge.