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New twist to 26-year-old Sister Abhaya case in Kerala

Sister Abhaya was found dead in the well of her Pius X convent in Kottayam on March 27, 1992.


The investigation into the mysterious death of Sister Abhaya, whose body was found within the compound of her own convent in Kerala’s Kottayam district, has taken a fresh twist after more than a quarter century.

A Central Bureau of Investigation court in the state capital has directed that a former superintendent of police, K.T. Michael, who was involved in the preliminary stages of the investigation of the case, be included as one of the accused, Gulf news reported.

He faces charges of destroying evidence and conspiracy. Sister Abhaya was found dead in the well of the Pius X convent in Kottayam on March 27, 1992.

Police initially dismissed it as a case of suicide. In 1993, the CBI took over the investigation and concluded it as case of murder. Michael had been a superintendent of police with the crime branch when he investigated the case.

Michael’s inclusion expands the list of the accused. The list presently includes two Catholic priests, Thomas M. Kottoor and Jose Puthrukkayil, and a nun Sister Stephy.

The development follows a petition by public activist, Jomon Puthenpurackal to include those who were involved in destroying evidence in the case in the list of the accused.

The allegation against Michael is about the disappearance of several materials used by the nun that were with the police, which were crucial in the investigation. These included the nun’s robe and her diary. Puthenpurackal alleged that the loss of these materials pointed to a conspiracy to scuttle the investigation.

Source: Gulf News

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