11 years after disappearance, Crime Branch finds Divya, daughter were murdered

Divya, Gauri

Thiruvananthapuram: The Crime Branch claimed that the woman and her daughter who went missing from Poovachal 11 years ago were murdered. Divya’s partner Maheen Kannu murdered her and their one-year-old daughter Gauri, said CB sources.

Divya and Gauri went missing on August 18, 2011. Local police failed to find any information about them. The probe in the case was transferred to a special team led by Crime Branch DYSP Johson two months ago, after D Shilpa took charge as the Thiruvananthapuram Rural SP.

Maheen Kannu, in his statement given to the investigation team, reportedly said he took Divya and Gauri to Tamil Nadu, killed them and threw their bodies into the sea.

Police will conduct a detailed investigation based on his statement. Divya’s mother Radha had demanded proper investigation into the case.

Divya and Gauri were living with Maheen Kannu in a rented house in Ooruttambalam. The accused did not give accurate information when he was inquired about the disappearance of Divya and her daughter. Allegations surfaced that the local police did not interrogate Maheen properly.

Maheen came close to Divya hiding the fact that he was married and belonged to a different religion. He introduced himself as Manu. They started living together and when Divya became pregnant, he left the country. He came back one and a half years after she gave birth to the child and they started living together.

Later, Divya came to know that Moheen had another wife and two kids. His family too became aware of Divya, which led to arguments.

Divya’s sister Sharanya saw them leaving with Maheen on the evening of August 18. This was the key evidence in the case. Radha called Maheen after they went missing. He told her they were going to Velankanni. She later filed a complaint with Maranalloor police.

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