Cops rule out robbery motive in priest’s murder

The police probe into the murder of a senior Catholic priest at a seminary in Bangalore has ruled out robbery bid as the motive

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published: April 4, 2013 12:36:31 am

The police probe into the murder of a senior Catholic priest at a seminary in Bangalore has ruled out robbery bid as the motive. They concluded this after the personal valuables of the priest,including an iPad and wallet,were found intact in his room. Initially,a robbery bid was suspected since his room was ransacked.

The 64-year-old Fr K J Thomas,rector of the St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary,a training centre for aspiring priests,was found murdered Monday. He was suspected to have been killed around 2.30 am. He had suffered injuries on his head.

The body was found in the coffee room of the seminary by the only other priest who remained on the campus after the 150-odd who are getting trained for priesthood left for their homes for Easter.

Police sources said they have turned their focus towards internal issues at the seminary as a possible motive for the murder. “We don’t want to speculate on the motive until we are able to establish the attackers’ identities. The priest was a non-controversial person. All we can say is that the probe is on the right track,’’ a senior police officer said.

A relative of the priest from Kerala,Joseph Mathew,said he had heard that the attackers came looking specifically for Fr Thomas. Among the theories doing the rounds is personal enmity on the part of some students who had failed to become priests,sources said.

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