Nearly a year after the murder of Fr. Thomas, 65-year-old rector of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Malleswaram, the Bangalore police have cracked the case with the arrest of three persons, including two priests, who allegedly bludgeoned him to death after he reportedly caught them red-handed while stealing documents from the seminary.
On April 1, 2013, Fr. Thomas was found dead with multiple head injuries in the seminary.
The breakthrough in the investigations came after the police subjected a few suspects who were seminary on the fateful night of March 31, to narco analysis.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Pranab Mohanty, who headed the investigation, told reporters that the police had arrested Fr. William Patrick, priest of Kengeri branch seminary, and his associate Peter, besides the priest of St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary in Gulbarga Fr. Ilyas.
The police have also recovered mobile phones and a motorcycle used to commit the crime.
Mr. Mohanty said that Fr. Thomas was working in the seminary for many years, and the accused reportedly nurtured a grouse against him for “sidelining” them in the administration of the organisation.
Mr. Mohanty clarified that Fr. Patrick Xavier, complainant in the case, who was also residing in the seminary at the time of the murder, was a suspect earlier, but has been given a clean chit.
City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar refused to divulge more information as the investigation was still under way to ascertain the role of about eight to 10 more suspects in the case.