Suraj laughed with friends after Uthra’s death, took her gold from locker
Kollam: After doctors at the hospital in Anchal confirmed that Uthra had died of snakebite, the needle of suspicion pointed to Suraj. Here are the incidents that led to the suspicion.
Suraj was unemotional
Even when Suraj and Uthra’s brother Vishnu came back to the bedroom to search for the snake, Suraj was unemotional.
While Vishnu was searching for the snake under the cot, Suraj said the snake was under the almirah and went out of the room. Vishnu killed the snake by himself. Meanwhile, Suraj alleged that Vishnu had tried to kill Uthra.
The snake didn’t bite Suraj
As there was a temple, ‘sarpa kavu’ and vacant lands near the house, Uthra’s relatives did not suspect Suraj. However, the snake biting Uthra instead of Suraj, who was sleeping near the window, led to suspicion.
Moreover, Suraj denied Uthra’s mother’s statement that she had closed the windows. Suraj insisted that the snake came in through the window.
Suraj laughed with friends
Suraj’s friends came to Uthra’s house in the evenings to see him after her death. Suraj spent hours with his friends inside their cars parked on the road and laughed with them. Uthra’s relatives had noticed this.
Also, Suraj trying to return to his house in Adoor with son Dhruv resulted in an argument.
Uthra’s parents had learned about Suraj taking Uthra’s gold ornaments from the locker. Police had found 12 sovereigns of gold from Suraj’s house but he was not ready to hand them over.
Suraj tried to delay treatment for Uthra
On March 1, a snake was found in Suraj’s house. Suraj had sent Uthra to the second floor to get his phone. Uthra saw the snake on the stairs and came down scared. She informed the matter to Suraj, who caught the snake and took it away in a sack. Uthra had informed her parents about this incident.
On March 2, Suraj had informed Uthra’s cousin that she was bitten by a snake and that she had been hospitalised. Suraj also asked Uthra’s cousin not to inform her parents about the incident.
Even though there were several hospitals close by Suraj trying to delay treatment also raised suspicion.