Woman murdered at Peroorkada; Son arrested

Thiruvananthapuram: In the incident of discovering the burnt body of a woman in Peroorkada in Thiruvannathapuram, the police have arrested her 22-year-old son.
Akshay, an engineering student, was arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder of Deepa Ashok (50) of Amabalamukku.
According to police verbal blows between the two led to the murder. Akshay strangulated his mother to death and later burnt her body in his house compound here.
Akshay has been in police custody for the past two days. The police took him to custody after finding discrepancies in his statements. On detailed questioning, he confessed to the crime which occurred on Christmas day.
Akshay suspected that his mother was involved in an illicit relationship which led to daily fights between the two. Financial issues also contributed to the motive of murder, the police said.
He burnt the body using kerosene at the place where his mother used to dispose garbage by burning and later informed the police that his mother was missing since Tuesday.
Akshay had earlier said that on Christmas day when he came home after a movie with friends, Deepa was not at home.
The police are having a tough time proving the case as there is no eye witness to the incident. No one has seen the body being burnt. Also the neighbours did not experience the smell of body being burnt or heard no voices.
A piece of mobile phone supposedly belonging to Deepa has been obtained by the police near the body.
Deepa Ashokan, an LIC agent, was living in the house along with her son, while her husband was in Muscat and also a daughter abroad.
With agency inputs

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