Stunning twist in Kerala Nun rape case: Priest who testified against Bishop Franco found dead

New Delhi, Oct 22, News24 Bureau: There is a new twist in the Kerala Nun Rape Case as the news of a new murder emerges. There is a new angle in the Kerala Nun Rape Case as the news of the murder of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, one of the few people in the church who has been vociferously speaking against Bishop Franco Mulakkal was found dead in Jalandhar.

AR Sharma, DSP Dasuya, says on death of Kerala nun rape case witness Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, "It was found that he vomited over the bed. Blood pressure tablets were found at the spot. An investigation is underway".Father Kuriakose Kattuthara was one of the many voices which has been speaking vociferously speaking against Bishop Franco Mulakkal. He had also given a statement to the police against him in the rape case of a nun was found dead in Jalandhar today, reports the News Minute.Father Kattuthara's family alleged that the priest had received death threats for speaking against the Bishop. "We are 100 per cent confident that they killed him," his brother said.The exact cause of his death is not known yet. According to media reports, Father Kuriakoses family suspects a conspiracy in his death.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. His brother, Jose Kattuthara, told Mathrubhumi news that he was suspicious about his brothers death, and alleged that he had been killed for giving a statement against Bishop Franco Mulakkal.  Father Kuriakose has maintained that he was constantly threatened by church officials for his support of the nun who has accused the bishop of rapeBishop Franco Mulakkal was granted conditional bail on October 15 in the nun rape case. He got a hero's welcome when he returned to Jalandhar on October 17, with supporters showering rose petals on him and nuns giving him a bouquet. Mulakkal has called his bail a miracle and said that the police is under pressure.

With Agencies