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(Compass) – Christians in Kerala have alleged that a ritual at a Hindu temple led to the murder of a 71-year-old Syrian Catholic priest. Father Job Chittilapilly was murdered on August 28, the day of Kerala’s annual harvest festival. Sources said the local Hindu priest told adherents that the death of a Christian priest was required to appease the soul of a Hindu priest murdered at the temple site 20 years ago. The temple, abandoned after the murder, was renovated two years ago by a group of volunteers. The group included the current priest officiating at the temple and Panthalkoottam Raghu Kumar, later arrested as a suspect in the murder of Father Job. The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) has called for a thorough investigation, claiming Father Job’s murder was part of a conspiracy to destroy inter-religious harmony in Kerala.