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(Compass) – A priest in the east-Indian state of Bihar was brutally stabbed on April 11 when he refused to pay extortion money to an ex-prisoner. “Gyan Das demanded 100,000 rupees ($2,325) from Fr. Mathew. … There was a scuffle in which the father was stabbed four times in the neck and the chest,” said Allen R. Johannes, press secretary for the Archdiocese of Patna. Fr. Mathew had counseled Gyan Das, convicted of armed robbery, following his release from prison. “But Das was not happy with just the advice, and for the past few weeks, he had started asking for money,” a fellow priest said. “On Monday evening, things got out of control when Das pounced on Fr. Mathew for not paying up.”