‘Mentally challenged ‘ man detained on charges of Kerala nun murder

Thiruvananthapuram : A 48-year-old man from Kottayam has surrendered at the Mahe police claiming that he had killed Sister Amala (69), who was an inmate of Lisieux Carmelite Convent in Pala.

The person identified as K P Nassar from Kumarakom near Kottayam had made the revelation after he was caught by the police for creating nuisance in an inebriated condition. He reportedly told the cops that he had shifted his base to Mahe, which is part of Pondicherry, after committing the murder.

However, his statements were found to be contradictory. Police suspects that he is mentally deranged. They are awaiting the arrival of the Kerala police team investigating the case for further clarification.

Sister Amala of Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC) was found dead in a pool of blood inside her room in the third floor of the convent on Thursday. The elderly nun was unwell for the past few days. Superintendent of Police, Sateesh Bino confirmed that her death was caused by a deep head injury. An inmate of the convent had reported missing of Rs 500 on the night of the incident.  Earlier in an incident, a 72-year-old nun of the same Convent was attacked during the night hours, police said.

The police suspect that the murder could be result of a robbery bid. However, sources in the church said that it was difficult to believe the police theory as there was no sign of any tussle in the room. Moreover, it is unlikely for thieves to target a Convent as the nuns do not use jewellery or keep large amount of money in the convents.

The room in which Amala was found dead was not locked from inside. Locals have formed an action council to pursue the case.

The Council has submitted a representation to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

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