The relatives of Fr. Martin Xavier Vazhachira, the young Malayalee priest whose dead body was found at a beach near Edinburgh University in mysterious circumstances this June, will have to wait longer to bring his body back home. Anju Ranjan Jose, the Indian consular to Edinburgh informed Jose K Mani MP about the possible delay in completing the formalities in an e-mail on Tuesday.
The CMI priest's body was found at a beach in Edinburgh on June 20. The Scotland police informed the consulate that the inquiry was progressing in the right direction and all the pieces of evidence had been collected, including body samples.
There were reports that the body could be brought back to India in the last week itself. Even the investigators reportedly informed the consulate that the proceedings to release the body to his kin were being completed, even if the investigation was inconclusive. There was a feeling that the police would hand over the body after collecting vital evidence.
However, even a month after his death, Martin's relatives are clueless on the release of his dead body from Scotland. Subsequently, the CMI church leadership approached Jose K Mani MP, and sought his help. The MP then contacted the Indian consulate in Edinburgh.
Jose K Mani said that he had been in constant touch with the Foreign Affairs Ministry for its interference ever since Fr. Martin went missing last month. He had also written to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, seeking her immediate intervention in the matter. He also said that he kept a regular contact with the Indian consular at Edinburgh.
Martin Xavier, 33, who belongs to Vazhachirayil house, Pulinkunnu, Kuttanad, went to Scotland last year for doing his PhD. He had also been serving at St. John the Baptist Church in Corstorphine at Edinburgh. He went missing from his parish last month in suspicious circumstances.