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Bangalore: Murder of Fr K J Thomas an inside job, feel police

Bangalore: Murder of Fr K J Thomas an inside job, feel police

Daijiworld Media Network – Bangalore (SP)

Bangalore, Apr 5: The five police investigation teams formed to solve the mysterious murder case of Fr K J Thomas (65) at St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary at Malleshwaram here during the early hours on Monday April 1, have not yet gained access to any clinching evidence, it is learnt. Still, they have enough reasons to believe that people known to the priest, perhaps involved with church administration, were behind the dastardly act.

This is a deviation from the earlier perception that the murder had something to do with the prolonged language-related tussle between two different groups.

The post mortem of the priest’s body was conducted at M S Ramaiah Hospital in the city, and his body was taken to Kerala on Tuesday. It is gathered that the late father’s sister lives there.

According to The New Indian Express, police sources believe that the rector was done in by people known to him. Evidence suggests that the assassins had a dialogue with the priest before he was killed. Fr Thomas was hit on his head with a blunt weapon. The assailants had also hit on his forehead and then strangulated him by using the dhoti he was wearing, it is gathered. The investigators believe that one of the priest’s killers knocked at the priest’s door, and when he came out, his attention was diverted, providing two others who had accompanied him, an opportunity to attack him from behind. The assailants had wiped out blood with the gown the priest was wearing, and had searched his room for documents they needed.

“The murderers do not seem to be professional killers. They had not committed the crime for gain, as evidenced by the fact that valuables did not go missing from the seminary, and also that the murderers took time to wipe out blood stains,” the investigators have said.

The police have questioned about 40 persons including staff of the seminary, priests, canteen staff, and others, relating to the case, besides obtaining their finger prints. The police are trying to match these finger prints with the ones on the cupboard. Besides rounding up about ten ruffians loitering in the area regularly, questioning them, and obtaining their finger prints before releasing them, the police teams have also been monitoring movements of a few people. They are also investigating the case from different angles.

The above publication said that Fr Patrick Xavier, who too lives in the staff quarters of the seminary, told the police that he had overheard Fr Thomas asking some people at around 2.30 am on Monday to leave the premises lest he would call the police. He clarified that the conversation was not clearly heard, nor was he aware what went on in the priest’s room thereafter. Suspecting that those who were talking to Fr Thomas were drunk, he said he was scared to come out. This was the picture he gave to the police on Tuesday. The police have noted that the previous day, Fr Patrick gave them a different version, explaining that he heard some sound, which he thought had come from outside the premises compound.

Additional commissioner of police (law and order), Alok Kumar, asserted that the investigations are progressing on the right path.


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  • Francis, Banglore

    Sat, Mar 22 2014

    Yes the eyes of the law is open & We can see the Inside culprits. @ Behind Bars.

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  • Vinitha Kurian, Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2013

    God of justice, touch and convert the hearts of those who engaged in this inhuman act of killing a noble soul,Fr.K.J.Thomas. may the truth be revealed to all those who wait in hope. May Fr.K.J.Thomas intercede for all of us to live a life worthy of our calling.

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  • Biju Kottarathil, Rome

    Sun, Apr 14 2013

    It is already two weeks and yet no clue on the dastardly act done against the life of Fr. KJ Thomas. It is high time as demanded by the Christian community that the CBI inquiry be ordered for arresting the culprit. Even if the insiders are involved, no one should be spared under the eyes of law. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Fr. Gerald D'Souza, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    It was shocking to hear a priest murdered inside a Seminary premises!! It's now 2 weeks and yet no definite clues is still more shocking!!! Every effort must be made to unravel this mystery at the earliest. My sincere condolences to all the near and dear ones of Fr. K.J.T. May God grant him eternal rest.

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  • Fr. Raveen Perera, Sri Lanka

    Mon, Apr 8 2013

    My dear friend Priest, Fr. K.J.
    It is very sad news for us. You have formed many students and preists to become good souls in the vineyard of our Lord Jesus. Whe we celebrate the feast of the Risen Christ, we recieved this sad news. You are priest for ever and rest in peace. Let us pray for his soul. Fr. Raveen Perera, Director, National Semninary, Philosopate, Kandy

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  • Nirmal, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 7 2013

    It is really a sad incident and unwanted thing has happend. Fr.K.J.Paul has dedicated his life to the service of the Lord.He was preparing the youngesters to prepare the ways of coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord Might have called back from this mission or it is uncomplete? we do not know. We all aware and know that the inocent person has been slained like lamb.So I would like to suggest those who love and know Father Joseph, remember him in your prayers especailly when you recite fifth decade of the sorrowful mystery so this tribute for his soul is fruitful i think. In the mean time let us also lift up the culprites to save from the fearful curse of the Divine Father Almighty.May God Bless All.

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  • Antony Lawrence, Yelagiri Hills

    Sat, Apr 6 2013

    If Fr.Patrick heard the sound either from inside the campus or outside the campus he should dialed to police as responsible career chosen as Priest towards the society. The 2nd version of his statement differs to the police that it was from his room, shouting at them to leave the premises or he will call police is an very good evidence for the investigation. Fr.Patrick knows more information about happening in Fr.KJ's room I suspect. Anyhow all of our prayer will help to Police to identify the real culprit. Let our prayers make the culprit to accept his mistake by himself to get clean his soul with forgiveness. This is the main responsibility we catholic should hold. My sincere prayers for Fr.KJ soul to rest in peace.

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  • fr.marijoe, bangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2013

    It was shocking news to believe, our beloved professor is no more. may his soul rest in peace. we want to know the truth.may god help the investigation process

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    Abel was killed by his own brother due to jealousy and the innocent blood of Abel started crying from heaven. ( Old Testament ).

    Similarly the blood of Fr K J Thomas will definitely cry from heaven and the murderers will not be able to live in this world peacefully, in rest of their life. Only Time will be the witness.

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  • Mark, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    Insiders or outsiders how can these people think of KILLING a PRIEST who has just helped,sacrificed and preached the WORD OF GOD. Will these people SPEND A SECOND on this earth in peace anymore ? Yes we want to know the truth and the offenders be dealt with the LAW as early as possible.

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  • Dhinakaran, kgf

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    a place like heaven not be done like this, it is shame on this gruesome incident that too for a Father. Let all of us pray not to repeat again here or anywhere.

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  • Deven, Pune

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    Whether it is an insiders job or an outsiders job, we want the truth to come out ASAP and the real culprits to be behind bars at the earliest. I also request media help to keep this hunt going and make sure the perpetrators are held and punished by court of law. The cops are coming out of their own versions, I even doubt the real culprits will be waiting anywhere within or near the campus to be caught!! It is high time CCTV cameras get installed in all strategic locations in key church areas and locations.

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  • Anj, India

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    Killing is a sin, but it is the least that can be given to the arrogant and heartless killers. They lost the world a man who can never ever be replaced.
    The priest is gone but we need to know why. Why he was killed so brutally? Why he was not give a chance? What made the them kill and innocent man?

    NEVER EVER.....

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  • J Mascarenhas, Allahabad

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    Hope the truth comes out at the earliest.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    What Police Feel
    No Big Deal
    Real Truth Looks Like
    Only Insiders can Reveal..
    Scars indeed will take very long to Heal.......

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  • Fr. Veeresh V. Moras, Madanthyar/Shimoga

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    We have lost a great a great human being... We want to know by all means the reason or the person behind this heinous crime...

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