New Delhi: A 55-year-old nun found dead inside a well in Kerala, news agency ANI reported on Sunday.  The incident occurred in Mount Tabor Dayara Convent in Kollam’s Pathanapuram. Police said that the deceased has been identified as Susan. She used to teach at the St Stephens School in Pathanapuram, which is about 80 km from the state capital.

At around 9 a.m., workers at the Mount Tabor Convent first found blood stains near the well and then saw the body floating inside the well, the police said. The police have launched a probe and investigation is underway in the incident. Both the school and the Convent is run by the Kottayam-headquartered Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church. The cause of the death remains unknown.

In a similar case, Sister Abhaya’s body was found in the well of the St Pius Convent in Kottayam on March 27, 1992. She was an inmate of the convent. Initially, the case was investigated by the local police and state crime branch, which concluded that Abhaya had committed suicide.

However, the case was taken over by CBI on March 29, 1993, following a legal battle by human rights activist Jomon Puthenpurackal. The central probe agency in 2008 arrested Kottoor, Poothrikkayil and Sephy on the charge of murder.

According to the prosecution, Kottoor and Poothrikkayil were allegedly having an illicit relationship with Sephy, also an inmate of the convent.

On the night of March 27, 1992, Abhaya allegedly saw Kottoor and Sephy in a compromising position, following which the three accused hacked her with an axe and threw her into the well, it had said in its charge sheet.

The accused were arrested in 2008 and released on bail by the Kerala High Court a year later.