Twenty-three years after the mysterious death of sister Abhaya, another Catholic nun was found dead at a convent in Pala, Kottayam in Kerala on Thursday, 17 September.

According to latest reports, Nasar from Kottayam has surrendered at the Mahe Police Station claiming that he had killed Sister Amala (69), who was an inmate of Lisieux Carmelite Convent in Pala. However, the police suspect the man to be mentally unstable.

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Meanwhile, reports said that a 72-year-old nun of the same convent was attacked during the night hours two days before the incident. The nun, who was sleeping, sustained injuries on her head in the attack. Police are also investigating the incident.

Sister Amala's post-mortem was conducted at the Government Medical College Hospital in Kottayam and the body was handed over to the convent authorities in the evening. The funeral was conducted at 9am at Kizhthadiyoor St Joseph Church Cemetery on Saturday.

What we know so far

Sister Amala of Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC) was found dead in a pool of blood inside her room in the third floor of the convent on Thursday. The elderly nun was unwell for the past few days.

District police chief Sateesh Bino confirmed that the death was caused by a deep head injury. An inmate of the convent had reported missing Rs 500 on the night of the incident.

The convent has nearly 34 nuns and 17 higher secondary school students. Some reports claim that the inmates informed police about the incident after wiping off blood from the victim's face and changing her dress.