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Journalists assaulted at Jalandhar Bishop's house

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Several mediapersons from were allegedly assaulted by a group of private security guards at the House in in today.

The Delhi-based journalists were in to report on the police investigation and questioning of Roman Catholic Franco Mulakkal, who had allegedly abused his position and repeatedly raped a nun from

According to some of the journalists, the guards manhandled them and damaged their cameras and equipment while they were capturing the visuals of Mulakkal who had just returned to his headquarters from Chandigarh.

No official comment was immediately available on the alleged assault of journalists.

A special team of Police earlier reached the Bishop House to question the Bishop but was unable to do so since he was in Chandigarh.

Police then asked the Bishop to return and appear for questioning. Interrogation is now underway.

The earlier today told the that a decision on arresting Mulakkal, who has so far claimed innocence, will be taken after he is interrogated and the evidence examined.

As per the initial investigation of the police, Bishop Mulakkal abused his position and repeatedly raped a nun from Kerala, a special team probing the case told the today.

Responding to a petition seeking speedy investigation, of Police, Kottayam, K Subhash informed the court that the investigation was proceeding effectively and impartially.

The police statement before the high court was based on initial investigation and available evidence. It is revealed that Bishop committed unnatural offence and committed rape repeatedly on the nun against her will, the statement read.

The bishop confined the nun to a guestroom in St Francis Mission Home in Kuravilangad in district of Kerala, the statement alleged.

In her complaint lodged with district police, the nun accused Mulakkal of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

on August 1 reviewed the progress of the case and permitted the investigation team to proceed to Jalandhar, New and other cities as part of the investigations.

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First Published: Mon, August 13 2018. 23:50 IST