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Police find Indian priest's dead body

Motive for priest's murder was most likely robbery, according to investigators

Father G. Amalan Father G. Amalan
  • Leo Fernando, Chennai
  • India
  • February 18, 2011
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A priest from the Palayamkottai diocese in southern India was yesterday found apparently murdered in the pastoral center.

Police broke into the room of Father G. Amalan after receiving complaints of a foul smell a day earlier.

They found the priest’s naked body lying on the bed with hands and legs tied and a pillow over his face, Father Antonysamy, vicar general of the diocese, said yesterday.

“It was shocking to see his body,” he said and added that the autopsy report indicated the priest was murdered on February 14.

The 54-year-old priest was the secretary of the diocese’s family commission.

The vicar general also quoted the police as suspecting the murder took place for money. They are looking for a person who regularly visited the priest.

Bishop Jude Paulraj of Palayamkottai expressed shock at the murder. Father Amalan “was a simple, honest and a kind person. It is very sad he died like this,” he commented.

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