In what appears to be the first major breakthrough in the Jisha rape and murder case in Kerala, Kerala Police have identified the prime suspect in the rape and murder of a Dalit law student in Perumbavoor near Kochi on April 28.
Making its first headway in the case, Kerala police have sent the key suspect’s blood samples for examination. The development came after police recovered a footwear from the scene of crime. The police also probed several locals and migrant workers in the area.
It may be recalled that the Forensic expert and former department head B. Uma Dathan said that there is no foul in the autopsy report of 30-year-old law student Jisha who was raped and killed in Perumbavoor, Kerala. “Autopsy report is correct and all needed examinations have been done. There is nothing wrong in cremating the body right after the postmortem and there were some scars of wounds on it,” he said.
Earlier, DGP Sen Kumar has visited him to analyse the autopsy report in details. The meeting prolonged to two hours.
Meantime, the focus of investigation has been shifted to a friend of Jisha’s sister Deepa, who used to visit their house in frequent intervals. According to the police officials, the sketch of the culprit which was prepared with the help of two witnesses in the case, resembles to the suspected. It is also learnt that the police official dropped investigating based on those who were took in custody so far, including some construction workers, after the finger prints collected by the police from Jisha’s house completely mismatched with theirs.
According to the police sources, the friend of Deepa who used to sell hashish is in missing after the brutal incident. A 10-squad police has started searching for the accused. The police also suspects that the accused have some relations with a notorious girls trafficking group.
Meantime, the pressure upon the then Oommen Chandy Government has been mounting since the probing team could not catch the culprit even after the 10 days of investigation.
The Prime Minister had stated while speaking in a campaign rally in Palakkad, Kerala that the state government had failed to move forward the Jisha murder case even after over a week.
Then Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark on the Jisha murder case was “unfortunate”.