Nun rape case: Police visit deceased priest's quarter, say it appears to be natural death

New Delhi, Oct 23: Police visited quarter in St. Paul's church where Father Kuriakose, witness in Kerala nun rape case, was found dead yesterday. SHO says,"prima facie, it was natural death. But it will be ascertained after postmortem. Door handle was broken by locals to take the body out, we've checked it." 

Earlier, Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, a key witness in the Kerala nun rape case who testified against accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, was on Monday found dead under mysterious circumstances in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district, police said.

Kattuthara, 62, was found unconscious in his room in the catholic church premises in Dasuya, 40 km from Hoshiarpur town, this morning and was taken to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead, they said.

Police said the cause of the death would be known after postmortem.

According to police, no visible injury marks were found on the body.

"There was vomit in the room,� said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) A R Sharma.

"The viscera will be sent for examination which will throw light on the cause of the death," he added.

Sharma said the police was investigating the case from all the angles.

"The police is waiting for the family of the priest to come from Kerala. After they reach here, the postmortem of the body of the priest will be conducted," he added.

Sharma said the priest retired for the day after taking his meal last night.