Catholic priest Martin Xavier's family was told a few days back that he was missing.

Chennithala writes to Sushma demanding probe into Kerala priests death in Scotland
news Death Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 18:18

Senior Congress leader and Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala on Saturday wrote to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asking for a probe into the death of a Kerala priest in Scotland.

Catholic priest Martin Xavier's family was told a few days back that he was missing.

"But then the news came today (Saturday) that his body was found on an Edinburgh seashore," the Leader of Opposition said.

He asked Sushma Swaraj to take up the case of "the mysterious death of the young priest" with the Scottish authorities.

Chennithala has requested the Minister to help bring Xavier's body to his hometown near Alappuzha. He said steps must be taken to ascertain the cause of death of the priest, who was earlier reported missing from his room and church.

The 33 year old had gone  missing under mysterious circumstances three days ago from Edinburgh. He is hailing from Pulinkunnu in Kuttanad, Alappuzha. He was the vicar of Chenthipuzha church in Kottayam. He went to Scotland on July 15, 2016.

Xavier belonged to the CMI congregation of the Catholic Church and was ordained a priest in 2013. Since July 2016, he was in Scotland to pursue his PhD.

Xavier was the parish priest of the St Francis Xavier's Church in Scotland, and was also pursuing his studies simultaneously.

According to his relatives, since Thursday there had been no contact with Xavier as his mobile was not available.

The priest's relatives got the information about the death from his neighbours that  he had died in an accident during his morning walk.

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