Father Xavier Alwin, 31, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room on July 1. (Photo supplied)
In the third such incident in India in 10 days, a Catholic priest was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his residence in Tuticorin Diocese in southern India's Tamil Nadu state.Father Xavier Alwin, 36, was found in his room within the premises of a diocesan-run school in Thoothukudi district on July 1. He was a teacher in the school.Bishop Stephen Antony Pillai of Tuticorin said police recovered a suicide note saying the priest was "frustrated." The bishop said he was unaware of the cause of "frustration that led him to take the extreme step." Tuticorin is the anglicized name for Thoothukudi. "The police are investigating the case. We will know the reasons after that," he told UCA News.When Father Alwin failed to show up for breakfast, the bishop said, others in the house were not concerned. But when he was not seen outside even after 11am, one of the priests knocked on his door."When there was no response, he used a spare key to open the door and found Father Alwin hanging from the ceiling fan," Bishop Pillai said on July 2. He said police recovered the suicide note and seized the priest's cellphone. They have also sealed off the room."It is unfortunate. The priest was very active, kind-hearted and mingled with everyone. People loved him so much," the prelate said."It is unbelievable that he took such a step. People who know him wonder what has happened to him." The funeral of Father Alwin, after a post mortem, is scheduled for his native parish in Amalinagar on July 2.