Priest to undergo test in hunt for rector’s killer

Seminary procurator suspected of murder.


Fr K.J. Thomas, who was found dead on April 1 (file photo)


A Catholic priest continues to be a suspect in the case of a seminary rector killed in a Bangalore seminary two months ago. He will undergo narco-analysis tests soon, an investigation officer said.
The police have already conducted brain mapping on Father Patrick Xavier, procurator of St Peter’s Pontifical seminary, who first found the body of Rector Father K. J. Thomas on April 1. Brain mapping tests have also been conducted on two workers at the seminary.
“We are verifying all angles” said officer V.S. D’Souza, adding that they could not “rule out any of them” as they search for the motive for the murder of the 62-year old priest. He also added that Father Xavier’s “behavior appeared to be suspicious.”
Narco-analysis entails administering chemicals to render the subject semi-conscious and make it difficult for them to lie.
The rector’s body was found lying in a pool of blood in a corridor near his room. Preliminary investigations indicate that he was attacked after answering a knock on his door.
Officer D’Souza dismissed allegation that police have made no headway two moths after the crime and said “we are moving in the right direction, but I cannot give you details.”
The seminary began its new academic year on June 3 with vice rector Father Savarimuthu Stanislas appointed as acting rector. Fr Stanislas denied suggestions that the seminary and Church people are trying to protect those responsible for the killing.
“We also want to know the truth. We, the students and staff want to know why such a simple man was killed and who did it,” he told
He said the seminary is going through “a traumatic experience” with its rector killed and its procurator suspected. “But we are fully cooperating” and are determined to do everything to help police investigation, he said.
Father A. Rayappan, president of St. Peter’s institute, which oversees the academic activities, said it is too early to say how the students have taken the incidents.
“They are back after summer holidays only a week ago. But certainly there is less joy,” he said.

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Vatican wants speedy probe in seminary rector’s murder

It is reported to have pressurized top political leaders to speed up the investigation.


The Vatican is taking keen interest in the investigation into the murder of seminary rector Fr. K J Thomas and is reported to have pressurized top political leaders to speed up the probe.
“The pressure to solve the case increased after the Vatican ambassador began pursuing the matter with certain political leaders in the country,” said a police official.
The St. Peter’s Seminary in Bangalore, where the priest was a rector, works under the direct supervision of the Vatican.
His murder has therefore been of particular concern to the Vatican.
“Our higher-ups told us they had received special orders from state Home Minister K. J. George that this particular case had to be given special attention. However, we have not found any leads that could help us,” the official added.
Fr. Thomas, 62, was found by another priest lying in a pool of blood in a corridor near his room at St. Peter’s Seminary in Bangalore on April 1.
Preliminary investigations suggest that Fr Thomas was attacked after answering a knock on his door.
The city police and the city crime branch are probing the case and have questioned nearly 50 suspects. But they haven’t made any headway.
Police are not ruling out that the murderers may have been just first-time offenders who came merely to steal and killed Fr. Thomas when he caught them in the act.
Source: deccanchronicle

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