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Rector’s murder: suspects down to four

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Rector K.J. Thomas was murdered on April 1 at the St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Malleswaram.— File Photo: K. Gopinathan
Rector K.J. Thomas was murdered on April 1 at the St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Malleswaram.— File Photo: K. Gopinathan

Police officials investigating the murder of Rector K.J. Thomas have narrowed down the list of suspects to four.

On the night of the murder on April 1, 18 persons were on the premises of the St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Malleswaram; of them, four are considered suspects, a senior official said. Narcoanalysis helped them rule out the involvement of others, he said.

The narcoanalysis was conducted on procurator Patrick Xavier, and cooks Raja and Reddy. Father Patrick’s test especially led to vital clues, police sources said.

Meanwhile, it has been reliably learnt that Father Patrick has been transferred out of the seminary. Police said he is one of four priests transferred to other institutions of the Archdiocese across the city, based on the advice of investigating officers.

The others are Sebastian Periannan, a former rector from the Salem diocese, G. Joseph from the Mysore diocese and Lurdu Prasad, from the Bellary diocese, all senior teachers.

Police officials said the four priests were being questioned and were transferred to keep them isolated from one another. Suspects are usually questioned separately so as to ensure that the police don’t get the same answer from all during questioning.

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