Father Thomas Chelan, the lone witness to the alleged rape of the nun in Orissa's Kandhamal district, today failed to identify any of the accused even as the victim recognised two persons, police sources said.
"Father Chelan could not identify any of the accused during Test Identification Parade in Cuttack," a senior Crime Branch official said.
The police officer added that Chelan was the only person from the community who was with the 29-year-old Catholic nun when she was allegedly raped by a mob during Orissa bandh on August 25.
The nun, in her FIR lodged at Baliguda police station in Kandhamal, had stated that Father Thomas Chelan was being beaten up by the miscreants on the road when she was dragged into a nearby building where they allegedly raped her.
While the nun had filed a complaint with the police, Chelan had made two separate FIRs alleging that he was physically assaulted by the mob.
The mob also attacked Divyajyoti Pastor Training Centre, Chelan stated in his complaint.
Though Chelan was the only witness to the assault on the nun, his silence had created difficulties for investigating agency, the officers said, adding the priest had earlier said he would not assist the probe by Orissa police.
After prolonged persuasion, Father Chelan agreed to come from Kerala to attend the Test Identification Parade at Choudwar jail near Cuttack.