Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nun rape case: Father found murdered!

Nun rape case: Father found murdered!

Brother of Kerala nun, who had accused former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal of rape, on Monday alleged that the sudden death of eyewitness Father Kuriakose Kattuthara is a "pre-planned murder".

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, a Catholic priest, was found dead at a church in Hoshiarpur's Dasuya on Monday.

While the family suspects foul play, the police are still ascertaining the actual cause of death.

Reportedly, his family said that they had received a call from Father Michael Annikuzhikatil in Jalandhar informing them about his death. "We found blood pressure tablets on the table", said Dasuya Deputy Superintendent of Police AR Sharma. "Our team has gone to the spot and is investigating the matter", he added. They informed me and I immediately rushed to the place from Mukerian and reached Dasuya at 10.30 am then he broke open the door and found him lying motionless.

"It was found that he vomited over the bed". The priest, who took a strong stand against the bishop, had also given statement to the police against him.

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When contacted, the office of the Behra Director General of Police said they are awaiting details at the moment and refused to comment further. The deceased priest had also served as a vocational trainer in a convent belonging to the Missionaries of Jesus, and had offered assistance to other nuns who had expressed their grievances against the Bishop.

Priest Kattuthara had testified against Bishop Mulakkal, who is facing allegations of raping a nun. He is also one of the key witnesses in the case.

In her complaint to the Kottayam Police in June, the nun had alleged that Bishop Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.

Earlier on October 3, the High Court had dismissed the bail plea of the bishop while accepting the prosecution argument that the accused, holding a high position in society will try to influence witnesses in the case, if given bail. Father Augustine Vattoli told Firstpost that this was the primary reason why they had opposed Mulakkal being granted bail. The court, while granting the conditional bail, had directed the bishop to leave the state within 24 hours of his release from the prison.

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