Uthra murder case: Who taught Suraj snake handling? Police to question his family, friends
Kollam: Crime Branch DySP A Ashok, investigating officer in the Uthra murder case, said that 15 friends of the victim’s husband Suraj will be questioned.
During questioning, Suraj had informed his friends about buying the snake after the murder. Suraj had also tried to take their child from Uthra’s house to his house in Adoor. Suraj’s friends supported him for this. They even helped Suraj stay underground. It is in this backdrop the police are questioning Suraj’s friends.
Evidence collection with Suraj is needed to locate Uthra’s gold ornaments. Uthra had told her relatives that gold ornaments were pledged for Rs 1 lakh.
The police are also investigating into the complaint that Suraj’s family members were psychologically torturing Uthra. Suraj’s mother and sister used to quarrel with Uthra regarding 3.5 acres of land which Uthra’s family had promised to give. Suraj’s mother and sister will be summoned to the police station the next day to collect evidence regarding this.
Once the police custody is over, the forest department will file an application seeking to take Suraj and Suresh under custody, said Range Forest Officer B. R. Jayan.
The forest department has registered three cases against the two. The Forest department has found that the viper, which bit Uthra initially, was bought from Kalluvathukkal.
Who taught Suraj how to handle snakes?
The police are investigating from whom Suraj received training in handling snakes. Although Suraj said he learned it from YouTube, the police are not convinced.
Suraj had caught the snake that was found at his house. Suraj himself threw out the viper that bit Uthra.
Although Suraj said he threw the cobra on Uthra’s body to make the snake bite her, the police are also considering the possibility that Suraj could have held the snake and made it bite Uthra. Only seasoned snake handlers can perform such acts.
Hence the police assume that Suraj received training from someone. The police are also investigating whether Suresh, who is an experienced snake handler, had trained Suraj.