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Police arrest priest murder suspect

Motive for killing of Father G. Amalan in his room was money, friend confesses

Father G. Amalan Father G. Amalan
  • Leo Fernando, Chennai
  • India
  • February 21, 2011
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Police in Tamil Nadu have arrested a person allegedly involved in the murder of a priest in Palayamkottai diocese.

They arrested Ponraj, 24, a friend of Father G. Amalan, secretary of the diocesan family commission. The 54-year-old priest was found murdered in his room on February 16.

The police broke into the priest’s room in the diocesan pastoral center after complaints of a foul smell. They found the priest’s body naked and his hands and legs tied, with a pillow over his face.

According to media reports, Ponraj told the police he got angry when the priest accused him of stealing 1,500 rupees (US$33.33). He confessed to killing the priest by smothering him with a pillow and tying his hands and legs.

Father Antonisamy, vicar general of the diocese, confirmed the media reports. “We are glad that the murder has been solved and the culprit has been arrested,” he said.

The arrest, he added, has stopped the spread of rumors about the cause of the murder.

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