Uthra murder: Snake catcher is innocent and catching snakes is his hobby, claims son
Chathannoor (Kollam): In connection with Uthra murder case, Sunil, son of snake catcher Suresh, said that his father is innocent and snake catching was only a hobby for him.
Suraj, Uthra's husband and key accused in the case, contacted Suresh after watching his YouTube channel in the name SK. He did not suspect anything then. After Uthra's death, the family of Suresh grew suspicious about the incident and asked him to inform the police, Sunil told Mathrubhumi News.
According to Sunil, Suraj contacted Kalluvathukkal Chavarukavu native Suresh through YouTube channel. He also asked Suresh to meet in person in order to know more about snakes and met him at Chathannoor. Suraj also told Suresh that he works in a bank and that snakes frequently appear in their place. He also asked him to conduct a class on snakes at Suraj's place.
Suresh and two of his friends from Kollam took a viper that was caught in January and went to Suraj's house along with Suresh's driver. But they did not take the viper back from there.
Suraj called him again after two months and asked for a cobra as there are a lot of mice in his field. Thus Suresh took a cobra with him and taught Suraj how to handle it. In return to this favour, Suraj gave him a cover. Suresh returned from there after releasing the cobra in the fields.
It can be suspected that Suraj might have caught the snake again and put it in a container for murdering Uthra. When they saw the news in newspapers, the family asked Suresh to inform police, but he refused fearing he would be charged for all this, Sunil said.
Suraj's statement that the snake would have entered through the window of the air conditioned room was proved wrong after the snake catcher's statement was recorded. Suresh used to drive a school van in Kollam and later started snake catching in 2017 as a hobby.
Later, he started a YouTube channel in the name 'SK'. He was also active in Facebook under the name 'Suresh Nagachaithanyam'. It was Suresh who regularly arrived for rescue on spotting snakes and other reptiles in Chathannoor, Paravoor and Parippally areas for some days.
He also caught a red sand boa (locally known as Iruthalamoori) which was being smuggled near Ithikkara river a few days ago and took it to Chathannoor police station. He also caught a viper and hatchlings and a cobra from nearby places.