RAJASTHAN: A wanton and brutal attack was reported on a priest by a gang of mischievous anti social elements at 5.30 p. m on the eve of Xmas in Rajasthan .
Fr. Saji Abraham , the Priest in charge of St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Banswara, Rajasthan was entering the Church to conduct the Xmas Service in the evening of 24 Dec. It was reported that three strangers were following him to the church. Though strangers, they seemed eager to know about the church and as it was Xmas eve, Fr. Saji Abraham warmly welcomed them in .
While Priest entered the Holy of holies to keep the Holy Bread that he was carrying for the worship, on the Altar. The strangers followed him to holy of holies. On seeing this Fr. saji politely told them to stand outside for the place is holy .Immediately these strangers with some metal rods started attacking the Priest. Fr. Saji fell down in the holy of holies with heavy bleeding from his head. As the Priest fell down unconscious , the culprits felt that he was dead and they then left the Church by closing the doors.
After a little while, the Priest regained his conscious and contacted some of the church members through his mobile phone. They all ran immediately onto the spot and rescued him. 17 stitches were administered on him in a hospital nearby and is still there in critical condition. Fr. Saji Abraham is from Thonniamala, near Kozhencheri-Kerala
A case has been registered with the Banswara Kotwali police station and the additional superintendent of police asked to probe the incident.
No one has so far been arrested but the search is on for the assailants.