Father Kuriakose Kattuthara's death: Punjab Police registers case of unnatural death under Section 174 of CrPC

The Punjab Police on Tuesday registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of the CrPC over the death of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, the prime witness in the case of a Kerala nun's rape, News18 reported.

The police also initiated inquest proceedings, which is done in cases where there may be circumstantial evidence surrounding the death, according to the report.

 Father Kuriakose Kattutharas death: Punjab Police registers case of unnatural death under Section 174 of CrPC

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, the prime witness in the Kerala nun rape case, was found dead on Monday. Image Courtesy CNN-News18

This comes just hours after Jose Kurian, brother of Kattuthara, said he has no faith in Punjab Police. Speaking to media, the brother said, "I have no faith in Punjab Police. I want to bring the body to Alappuzha and bury it. If they want to do postmortem without letting us know, is there any guarantee that it will be done without foul play?"

Kattuthara was found dead in Punjab's Jalandhar on Monday. He was the witness in the alleged Kerala nun rape case. The exact cause of death is yet to be ascertained.

Earlier in the day, the brother of the Kerala nun who had accused former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal of rape alleged that the sudden demise of Kattuthara is a "pre-planned murder". Speaking to ANI, the nun's brother demanded a thorough investigation into the death of Kattuthara.

Bishop Mulakkal was released from Kottayam jail on 16 October, a day after being granted conditional bail. Bishop Mulakkal is facing allegations of repeatedly raping a nun of his own congregation, a charge that he denies.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Oct 23, 2018 20:53:29 IST