Death of former Kerala cricketer Jayamohan Thampi was murder; son arrested
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Police said that the death of former Kerala cricketer Jayamohan Thampi was a murder. His elder son Ashwin has been arrested in connection with the case. One of the neighbours has also been taken into custody.
Thampi, 64, was found dead on Monday morning after his tenants complained of foul smell emanating from the ground floor where he lived. He retired from the State Bank of Travancore and was appointed on contract basis with the Audit Department of the State Bank of India. Two years back, his wife died and he remained upset over the personal loss.
According to police, the arrest came after the post-mortem report said an injury was found on the back of Thampi's head. Police believe the injury was caused when Ashwin pushed him while drinking. A scuffle relating to Thampi’s ATM card led to the incident. After Thampi was injured Ashwin and the neighbour-friend shifted him to the hall.
The interrogation of both are progressing. As per reports, their statements are contradictory.
Ashwin said that the three had consumed liquor while the neighbor said that only Ashwin and himself were intoxicated. For the past four days Ashwin has been in an inebriated state. On the day of murder, the neighbour had bought liquor for Ashwin.
The family staying on the top floor of the house and Kudumbashree members who came to collect waste found Thampi dead. The Kudumbashree workers informed the residents of the top floor after no one was seen at home and foul smell was coming out.
Ashwin was a chef in Kuwait. He had been staying with Thampi after returning. As drunken brawls were common in the household, Ashwin’s wife had gone to her house.
A flamboyant player, Thampi played for Kerala Ranji team between 1979 and 1982 and occasionally kept wickets too. He also played for SBT and retired as assistant general manager.