Father Kuriakose Kattuthara and Bishop Franco Mullakal
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara who has been vociferously speaking against Bishop Franco Mulakkal and has also given a statement to the police against him in the rape case of a nun was found dead in St. Mary's Church in Dasuya in Jalandhar was found dead on Monday morning. He was 67 years old.
RL Francis and Christian organisation ‘Poor Christian Liberation Movement has demanded for an inquiry in the shocking death of Father Kuttuthara and asked for security cover to other people related to the Kerala Nun rape case.
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara (62) had served as a priest in the Jalandhar diocese and had given a statement to the police against Bishop Mulakkal, who has been accused of raping a nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016.
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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.
Speaking to a Malayalam news channel, Father Kattuthara’s family alleged that the priest had received death threats for speaking against the Bishop.
Dasuya Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) AR Sharma told news agency ANI that no injuries were found on the deceased priest’s body. “He (Father Kuriakose) used to live at St. Paul’s Church in Dasuya. He was found dead there. He was 62. The matter will be investigated. I have been informed that no injuries have been found,” the officer said.
Police outside Father Kuriakose Kattuthara’s room at St. Mary’s church in Dasuya
The DSP added, “It was found that he had vomited over the bed. Blood pressure tablets were found at the spot. An investigation is underway. In our notice, no security was provided to him.”