'Drishyam' model murder in Kollam: Police exhume body
Anchal (Kollam): The body remains of the man who was murdered and buried by his brother at Bharathipuram here have been recovered. The man identified as Shaji Peter (44) was killed two and a half years ago.
In order to prevent odour from the decaying body, a sheet was placed on the body and then covered in concrete. The police had to break the concrete for inspection. The forensic experts and police dug out bones and a sack which is believed to have been used for burying the body.
In connection with the murder, Shaji Peter brother’s Sajin Peter and mother Ponnamma were arrested. Sajin buried the body with the help of mother. The incident, similar to that depicted in Malayalam movie ‘Drishyam’, took place on Thiruvonam day in August 2018.
Shaji, a bachelor, had cut ties with family for many years and had come back during the Onam season in 2018. It is learnt that Shaji misbehaved with Sajin’s wife and was murdered in a scuffle that followed. Sajin killed Shaji by hitting on his head with a heavy object.
Later, the body was buried in a land near to their house. Sajin and mother told the police that they buried the body in the soil which was dug out for making a well in the compound. As the family lives in a deserted area inside rubber plantation, nobody from outside knew about the incident.
Shaji was accused in several cases and used to go in hiding frequently. He visited the house very rarely. The locals said that he used to live with a woman in a hut near the house. He was an alcoholic and engaged in brawls with neighbours. When people asked about Shaji, the family told everyone that he was hiding due to police cases.
Meanwhile, Sajin’s wife and mother had a fight and they mentioned about the murder. Ponnamma’s nephew Roy came to know about the murder from this and he informed the police.
Pathanamthitta and Punalur DySPs carried out a probe on the basis of this information and found out that Shaji was murdered. With this, they took into custody his brother and mother and the mystery was solved.