Sr Abhaya was Hacked to Death with Axe by Two Priest - CBI


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Kochi, Dec 2: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is investigating the 1992 murder of Sister Abhaya, told a court on Tuesday that she was hacked to death with an axe by the two priests and a nun arrested in the case, 16 years after her death.

On Nov 19, the 13th team of the CBI set up to probe the case - after 12 earlier teams failed - arrested Father Jose Putarika, 56, a former Malayalam professor at a Kottayam college where Abhaya studied; Father Thomas Kottor, 61, the Diocesan chancellor of the Catholic Church at Kottayam; and Sister Seffi, who was a resident of the convent when the incident took place.

Counsel for the CBI Anil Kumar told the chief judicial magistrate court that the three accused hit Abhaya using an axe after she saw something that may have been unbefitting of them.

Abhaya, a resident of Pious X Hostel, was found dead in the well of the Kottayam convent March 27, 1992.

The three accused were produced before the court after their remand period ended Tuesday. The counsel also informed the court that the investigating agency did not need the custody of the three as the case was almost solved.

"Everything will be over in two weeks time and the final report will be filed by then," said Kumar.

The three accused, meanwhile, told the court that they had been tormented in custody. The magistrate immediately asked them if they were given food, medicines and if they were physically tortured.

The three said no and the magistrate later sent them to judicial custody till Dec 16.

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  • Mrs. Leena D, Mudarangaddy

    Thu, Dec 4 2008

    At this moment let us not get emotional and start critising and condemning the Church authorities. Let us pray to the Lord that truth prevails and the guilty are brought to book.

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  • Jenifer Monteiro, Canada

    Thu, Dec 4 2008

    Dear Joilet I disagree with your views. I am truly saddened to see the tragic murder of Sisiter Abhaya. There are a lot of powerless people in this world. The powerful have the power to hide and manipulate. Until we know the other side of the story it is prudent and wise that we dont cover a blanket of negativism on the whole church. Church is both sinful and holy. My Phd guide used to tell me this "In every family there is a Brutus, there is a Judas" It is time of soul searching for all of us rather jump to condemnation.

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  • wilma, bendore mangalore

    Wed, Dec 3 2008

    Dear people , dont pass any comments about the priests and nun. We never know they may be innocent. Please wait till the final report then pass these bad comments. Whoever has done the crime they will be punished let us not judge. Pray and wait with patience. We may get angry and put bad comments.. Let us restrain.

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  • Felix. F, India/ME

    Wed, Dec 3 2008

    Dear Santosh there is a saying "God sees the truth but waits" just because 16 years have gone by, that doesnt make a wrong right. Joilet lewis has rightly said- "We don't know how many such cases are going unnoticed." The truth is, all is not well with the priests and nuns who have voluntered to serve the church.Something should be done to rectify the short comings, before any future face loosing crimes are committed by the clergy. Regarding  Sr.Abhaya case I am fully confident that God will bring the guilty to justice even if the CBI doesnt.

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  • Joilet lewis, Udupi, Dubai

    Wed, Dec 3 2008

    This priest is supposed to protect and guide the people .But they behave worse than animals. We don't know how many such cases are going unnoticed. It is really disgusting. Why can't they marry instead of doing all these kind of adultery & fornication, & when they caught redhanded by the innocent nun they murdered her.

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  • Lavina S. Pinto, Mangalore / Dubai

    Wed, Dec 3 2008

    Hello, those who have passed the comments, please wait until the investigation is fully over. Do not judge and gave your judegement. At the same time pray ONLY truth can come out.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Wed, Dec 3 2008

    I do not understand the logic in this case. The logic is simple. First question if the nun was axed to death, why there was no sign of injury on her body and how come the police nor CBI couldn’t trace during the Investigation. Second question even she was murdered with 2 men priests and by nun, do any sensible person will murder with axe? This leads to suspicion. This is nothing but malign the community. If it is truth why so long it took? Whom to believe? Earlier CBI report and the present CBI report after 16 years? These questions leads to suspicion the relevance of this case reopened after 16 years.

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  • S Mendes, GOA

    Wed, Dec 3 2008

    My deepest sympathy to Sr. Abaya's family. Its very strange that the priests acted this way. Anyway, God purifies everything and everyone gets justice one day or the other. My question is this: In Goa On Nov. 17, the South Goa Sessions Court acquitted Manish Dubey, 20, and Amit Shukla, 21, of the March 18, 2006, murder of Father Eusebio Ferrao, saying it found discrepancies in the prosecution charges.Police arrested the two Hindu youths after the 61-year-old priest was found in his bedroom with 27 stab wounds. A forensic report later said the wounds were inflicted after the priest had been smothered and strangled.THE two youth who were accused of murdering Macazana parish priest Father Eusebio Ferrao in Goa in March 2006 have been acquitted. The acquittal came as the prosecution could not prove the motive behind the murder. WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE OF GOA AND THE PEOPLE OF INDIA?? WHY THERE IS NO JUSTICE TO THIS CASE. The murderers are set free... WAKE UP PEOPLE.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves , Bannur Puttur/Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    We do not know what the actual truth behind this case is. I have concern for Sister Abhaya who became a victim of murderers. I have faith in those priests that if they have done certainly will tell the truth. After 13 years this case is coming up which means any person can presume flaws in our investigations and judiciary systems. I WILL LEAVE IT TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST WHO IS OUR POLICE STATION AND JUDGE.

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  • Steven , Belman/Dubai

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    Dear Jerome, It is not always right to expect from the church we should also contribute to the church, raise your voice not only you all brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ raise your voices to Him and pray for our Spiritual leaders and the Church and see the difference.

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  • BINDU JAIN, KOLLAM/DUBAI

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    'HEARTLY CONGRATULATIONS' TO THE CBI PEOPLE. after 16 years the new team found the criminals. The criminals should be punished.

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  • juliana, udupi

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    This appears like a political game. Why it required 13 investigations to find out the truth. Does it appear like blackmail? With one axe how the three kill a frail woman? Is the axe recovered? Whose finger prints found on it? What activity the culprits were involved in when the slain nun saw them which angered them to the extent of killing her with such a cold blooded hand?

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  • Raymond, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    If there is truth in the findings of CBI, there is really some thing wrong within the administration of the church. The church should have conducted a parallel investigation during all these years and punished the guilty before the govt. agencies bring out the facts.

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  • Jude, Mangalore Dubai

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    Please do not bring religion into the picture. These priests are plain and simple murderers. Just hang them. They are a disgrace to their vocation and humanity.Political pressure hid their evil act for so long. Just remember that there is a God somewhere and he is watching, and today they are facing God's wrath in the form of the CBI. My message to Sr. Abhaya's family is that the loss of innocent blood will not go in vain. Your wait for justice has been worth the while. She had surrendered her life to serve the Lord, and these monsters took it away, so it is time for them to face his justice in this world.

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore - U.S.A.

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    It is unfair to pass remarks or a judgement when the case is still subjudice. Let the India Law apply to this case and not the Roman Law. People are not guilty unless they are proved guilty. Let the law take it course and if the persons are proved guilty they should be given the punishment that they deserve... until then all are considered innocent. Joe Gonsalves.

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  • Alex D'Mello, mumbai

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    Freinds, let the law takes its own course. If there is an evidence, then no looking back whether Christian priest, Nun, swamiji or anyone else. Let there be transperancy. Satyameva jayate.

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  • Santosh, Udupi / Bahrain

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    This is AGAIN a clear case of CBI framing 2 innocent minority caste members. If it was such a water tight case that could close in the next week or so, why was this evidence not brought up for the last 16 years ?  Sure there is something wrong here.

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  • Manohar Dsouza, Mangalore/Bahrain

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    Justice delayed is justice denied. These murderers have been scot free for 16 long years hiding under religious garbs [assuming that the 13th CBI team is correct]. CBI should explain why the earlier 12 teams failed and also the delay of 16 long years to crack this case.

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  • seetharam shetty, Jeddah-KSA

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    Kudos to CBI team...guilty can be punished early

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  • Jerome, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    What can we expect from churches if these things take place.

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