The family of a Catholic nun hacked to death in eastern India says she had been threatened by coal mine bosses for defending the rights of local tribespeople.
The nun's family says Sister Valsa John was fighting on behalf of hundreds of people who had been displaced by mining operations in Jharkhand state.
Her brother MJ Baby said on Thursday that during a recent visit home John had complained she had received threats purportedly from local coal mine owners.
Jharkhand police said around 50 men had barged into the house where John, 53, was staying in Jharkhand's Pakur district. Her mutilated body was found by police on Wednesday.