Published On: Mon, Oct 22nd, 2018

Key witness in Kerala nun rape case found dead

Julandhar (Punjab): Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, one of the key witnesses against Bishop Franco Mulakkal who gave a statement to the police against Mulakkal in the Kerala nun rape case, was found dead in a mysterious circumstances in Jalandhar.

Kuriakose had given a statement against Bishop Franco Mulakkal to the Kerala police in the rape case of a nun

According to reports, 62-years-old Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, was found dead on Monday morning.

Though the exact cause of Kuriakose death is not known, his family suspects a conspiracy in his death, says media reports.

It may be recalled that Father Kuriakose had given a statement against Bishop Franco Mulakkal to the Kerala police in the rape case of a nun from Missionaries of Jesus.

Earlier, Father Kuriakose had alleged that he was being threatened by church officials for his support to the nun who had accused the bishop of rape.

It is pertinent to note that Father Kuriakose, who was a vocational teacher at the Jalandhar diocese, had also taught the survivor nun and the other nuns who had staged protest in Kerala for justice.

The incident occurred a few days after Bishop Franco Mulakkal was granted conditional bail in the alleged nun rape case.

The police is awaiting the post-mortem report to proceed any further into the death of father Kuriakose, said an official.

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