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Catholic nun found murdered in a convent in Kerala

Pala (Kerala): A Catholic nun was found dead in her convent in Pala on Thursday morning and the post-mortem report confirmed that she was murdered. Sister Amala was hit on her head with a metal object which led to her death, the report stated.

The 69-year-old nun was found dead with injury marks on her forehead in her room in Lisieux Carmelite Convent, Pala Thursday morning. The nun had been suffering from fever for the past few days. Though she was not attending Holy Mass on those days, she would make it in time to receive the Eucharist.

However, she did not attend the Holy Mass on Thursday morning and the people at the convent went in search of her. The doors of her room were not locked from inside and they found Amala, who had sustained a deep injury on her forehead, lying in a pool of blood, police said.

Reports said that Amala suffered more than one injury on her head. A deep wound behind her head resulted in her death, investigators inferred.

According to sources, Kerala Police have found evidence of attempted robbery, and suspect that the nun could have been killed during the theft bid. However, they are probing all the angles that could have led to Sister Amala’s death. The police also got information that Rs 500 was missing from another room in the convent.

Kottayam SP Sateesh Bino and other officials visited the place and a team of dog squad and forensic experts were called in to collect evidence. Forensic team spotted a suspicious fingerprint on a door at the back of the convent, sources added.

Ernakulam range IG MR Ajith Kumar, who visited the spot, also said that he suspects it to be a murder. Meanwhile, Pala Diocese refrained from making any comments as the police probe was on. Sister Amala’s funeral will take place on Saturday. (With inputs for agencies)