Missionary's Murder 'Carefully Planned'
The killing of an Australian missionary in a remote village in eastern India in 1999 was premeditated and well planned, India’s principal investigation agency has said. Lawyers for the Central Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday that the killing of Graham Staines and his two sons in Orissa state was the result of a conspiracy hatched by the main suspect, Dara Singh, and 13 other men. Singh is charged with leading a mob that burnt alive Mr Staines and his sons, Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8, on the night of January 22, 1999, as they slept in their vehicle in the village of Manoharpur. “Dara Singh, the principal suspect in the case, and his associates hatched a conspiracy to kill Staines and executed the crime in a well-planned manner,” S. K. Mund, the CBI’s lawyer, told Judge Mahendranath Patnaik. Singh, who allegedly began planning the murder in 1998, had told a witness he wanted to “teach the Christian missionary a lesson”. Full Story