Day before murder, Jharkhand nun reported rape in village

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A day before she was hacked to death, Sister Valsa John had told a supporter about a rape in the village, and how the police were not registering her complaint. This has emerged as a strong line of investigation three days after the Catholic nun was murdered by unidentified assailants in Pachuwara village in Jharkhand's Pakur district, according to officials.

Pakur deputy comissioner Sunil Kumar Singh told The Indian Express that an aide of the nun, whose identity is being withheld, had conveyed to him the problems she was facing in getting the rape complaint registered. "I immediately asked the concerned police officer to register the FIR. This was on November 14. Next day she was killed," Singh said.

The alleged rapist, Adwin Murmu of Alubera village, two km from Pachuwara, was taken into custody along with six others today. They were being interrogated by officers led by acting SP Amar Nath Khanna at Amrapara, 40 km from here.

Khanna said the 22-year-old alleged victim had been put through a medical examination.

The SP said Amrapara police station in-charge Banarasi Prasad had been placed under suspension. Prasad had been found to be negligent in his duty, Khanna said.

"Apart from reaching the crime site more than six hours after the murder, he (Prasad) has been charged with negligence of duty," said Khanna.

Asked whether the police have gathered any evidence suggesting that the alert sounded by Sister Valsa John on this rape case had led to her murder, Khanna said: "We have not concluded anything.The investigations are going on. We hope to crack the case soon."

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