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Rector murder: suspect priest changes version during narco test

Fr Xavier and seminary cooks were the only ones present in the seminary at the time of the murder.


Father Patrick Xavier, the suspect in the murder of seminary rector in Bangalore, contradicted his statements during the narco-analysis test, police said.

Police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar Monday stated that Fr. Xavier, procurator of St Peter's Pontifical Seminary, was holding back facts on the alleged murder of his colleague Fr. K J Thomas.

Fr Xavier and seminary cooks Raja and Reddy were the only ones present in the seminary at the time of the murder on April 1.

Police were not happy with their statements during investigations and they were made to undergo narco-analysis at Central Forensic Laboratory, Ahmedabad.

The laboratory, in its report to city police, said while Raja and Reddy stuck to their statements during the examination, Fr. Xavier contradicted himself.

An investigating officer said they're examining camera footage of the narco tests, but are yet to confront Fr. Xavier with the same.

City police had been unable to make any headway in the probe, but hope the findings help them get the probe back on track.

Fr Xavier's relatives, meanwhile, have moved the high court seeking a CBI probe into the murder. He, too, filed an impleading application.

The court issued notices to the state government in this regard.

Source: times of india

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