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.
Suryakant Nayak S/o Late Chitrasen Nayak of village Bakingia, Raikia, Kandhamal was murdered on night of 2.3.12.
Suryakant was a christian belonging to C N I (Baptist). He was a daily wage earner. He along with his mother and three daughters was living in his house beside the road to Raikia, near Mondakia Chhak.On 2/3/12, He went to the Utkal Gramya Bank at Raikia, along with his mother and all three daughters, withdrew Rs.1500/-. After purchasing some things with the cash that was with his mother, they returned towads home. About a kilometere before his home, (there is a place where country liquor is made and sold), he stayed back, while his mother and children went home. Villagers had seen him (being drunk) lying on the road. He did not return home till morning. So his mother and children became panic and called other villagers and began serching for him. When he was not found till 4th morning, villagers went to police station at Raikia and filed complaint regarding missing him.
New Delhi: The trial of a case involving rape of a Christian nun allegedly by religious fanatics during the 2008 Kandhamal riots in Orissa was stayed on Monday by the Supreme Court on a plea by the victim challenging the prosecution's failure to cross-examine a sub-divisional magistrate.
A bench of Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice S S Nijjar stayed the trial while asking the Orissa government and others to respond to the nun's plea and posted the matter for further hearing on March 22.