Ernakulam youth murdered by friends; body submerged in wetland
Kumbalam (Ernakulam): A 20-year-old youth was found murdered and the body was submerged in a wetland near Nettoor in Ernakulam. The deceased was identified as Arjun. In connection with the incident, four friends of Arjun were taken into custody.
Body of Arjun was found under shrubs in a wetland at Nettoor on Wednesday evening around 4.30 pm. A stone was tied to his body to submerge it in water.
A week ago, Arjun's parents had lodged a missing complaint with Panangad police. Arjun is the son of M S Vidhyan, a native of Kumbalam. There were allegations that the police didn’t conduct serious investigation into the case initially.
In the complaint, Roni and Nipin, two friends of Arjun, were mentioned as suspects in the missing of their son. However, the police summoned them to the station for interrogation and let off.
Following that, Arjun's father filed a habeas corpus plea at the high court. Thereafter, police started serious investigation into the case as the people's representatives got involved. As part of investigation, police once again interrogated Arjun’s friends. Meantime, the police found the body of Arjun. Later four of his friends were taken into custody.
Police said the reason behind the murder of Arjun was the revenge over the death of one of the attacker’s brother.
Reason behind murder
Last year, Arjun was travelling with one of the attackers’ brother on a two-wheeler when they met with an accident at Kalamassery. The other person, who was riding the bike, died in the accident while Arjun sustained minor injuries.
After the accident at Kalamassery, Arjun's friend and brother of the deceased had alleged that Arjun was responsible for the death of his brother. Friends of Arjun confessed during the interrogation that this revenge resulted in murder.
On the day of incident, the four summoned Arjun to Nettoor, with the help of a mutual friend saying his bike had no petrol and was stranded midway. After sending back Arjun’s friend, the four beat Arjun to death and sank the body in wetland.
The arrest of the four persons will be registered after inquest and forensic procedures.