Witness against Mulakkal in nun rape case found dead

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Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who was a witness in the rape case filed by a nun against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, was found dead on  Monday under "mysterious circumstances" in Dasuya in Punjab's Hoshairpur district.

Kattuthara, 62, was found unconscious in his room this Monday, morning and was taken to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead.

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.

Father Kattuthara was transferred 15 days back to the church at Dasuya. He was staying in the premises of the church.When contacted, Hoshiarpur Deputy Commissioner Esha Kalia said, Police were investigating the matter.

Relatives of the priest in Kerala said, Kattuthara was concerned about his safety after coming out openly against the bishop. Beside being demanded  a thorough probe into the death, the relatives want that the postmortem to  be conducted at the Alappuzha Medical College.

Priest Kattuthara had testified against Bishop Mulakkal, who is facing allegations of raping a nun.In her complaint to the Kottayam Police in June, the nun had alleged that Bishop Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 ,and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.

However, Mulakkal has till now, denied the charges as "baseless and concocted," insisting she levelled those as the Catholic order had rejected her demand for favours.

Bishop Mulakkal, had received a rousing welcome from his followers and supporters when he reached Jalandhar after being released on bail by a Kerala court last week.He had last month stepped aside as the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese.

With inputs from agency

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