KOTTAYAM:The police team probing the mysterious death of Sr. Amala of Lisieux Carmelite Convent in Pala quizzed scores of people as part of evidence collection, on Friday. And the police have reportedly ruled out the involvement of K P Nazar, 48, of Kottayam, who had surrendered in a Mahe police station claiming he committed the murder, in the case since he is said to be mentally unstable.
According to SP S Satheesh Bino, investigation is progressing in various angles. “We are not taking any chance but considering all the possibilities. However, as of now, no useful links have surfaced,” he said. It was on Thursday morning that Sr. Amala was found dead in her bedroom in the convent. Though the post-mortem report is yet to be out, it is almost confirmed that Amala was murdered. However, the police have not yet stumbled upon any material evidences.
Meanwhile, convent authorities told investigators that a septuagenarian sister had recently suffered a head injury similar to the one inflicted on Sr. Amala and she was treated at a hospital. According to reports, Sr. Jecintha, 72, an Alzheimer’s patient, was seen injured around four days before the death of Sr. Amala. However, since she could not remember the time and cause of injury, convent authorities didn’t take it seriously.
The police have registered a separate case in this regard and started inquiry. Meanwhile, another nun in the convent told the police that she saw an unidentified person near the window of her bedroom on the fateful night. Dr Rubia, a nun and an inmate of the convent, told the investigation team that Rs 500 was lost from her room on the same day.
Now the investigation team is keeping close tabs on those having a criminal background and had served jail term in the past for similar crimes. Migrant labourers in the district are also under the cops’ scanner. The investigation is being headed by Pala DySP D S Suresh Babu, under the direct supervision of the SP.