Fresh leads in the investigation into the murder of rector K.J. Thomas have instilled confidence in the police over cracking the case that has remained a mystery for almost a year.

A senior official supervising the investigation told The Hindu that the narco analysis on two priests, who were teaching at St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary and present in the seminary on the night rector Thomas was murdered, had yielded a new breakthrough.

The two priests were subjected to narco analysis at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Ahmedabad, last Friday.

The city police have zeroed in on three suspects, who are being grilled since the last week. However, senior officials denied having detained anybody, but were quick to add that there was “fast progress” in the case.

Another official involved in the probe from day one said the investigations indicated that it was an “inside job”.

He said the murder remained a mystery with at least 18 persons present in the seminary on the fateful night.

Rector K.J. Thomas was found murdered at the St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary on the morning of April 1, 2013. The city police have received much flak for their failure to crack the case.

Rector Thomas’ family had even approached the Karnataka High Court demanding a CBI inquiry. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had recently expressed confidence in the city police and had assured that the case would be cracked within a month.

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