Witness against Bishop Mulakkal found dead

Lester Mason
October 24, 2018

He had testified against Mulakkal in the rape case and had also played an active role in the agitation by five nuns at Ernakulam's Vanji Circle demanding Mulakkal's arrest.

Jose Kurian, younger brother of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, the witness in the nun rape case who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Hoshiarpur on Monday, has petitioned Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking a through investigation into the death. His house and vehicle were attacked with stones and damaged by a mob once.

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. He had earlier told Mathrubhumi that he was tortured by the Church officials for his stance, and had said he was under threat. The exact reasons behind the death of 67-year-old are yet to be ascertained. Mulakkal, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar, Punjab, is the first bishop in the country to be sent to jail on charges of rape and since then he has been getting a steady stream of high profile visitors including leading politicians. Fr Kuriakose, who was also a vocational trainer of the nuns, had even said several nuns had approached him with complaints against the bishop.

A few versions emerging from the church had claimed that Fr. Kuriakose was a heart patient, but the couple denied this.

Speaking to ANI, the nun's brother demanded a thorough investigation into the death of Father Kattuthara.

Elsamma adds that here brother-in-law knew well how Franco operated. He had age-related ailments, but the cause of his death will be known only after the autopsy, the report said. According to a press note issued by the church, when the church authorities broke open the door Father Kuriakose "was lying down with vomit from the mouth".

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara was found dead in his room at his church at Bhogpur in Jalandhar at 10 am on Monday.

The diocese of Jalandhar said in a statement on its web site that Mulakkal had expressed sadness over "the sudden demise" of Kattuthara. They rushed him to a government hospital where he was declared dead, Father Peter said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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