Perumbavoor: The Kerala Police took into custody a person in connection with the rape and murder of Dalit woman Jisha. Police nabbed Assam native along with four of his accomplices on Thursday morning. The man was taken under custody two days back from Palakkad and is supposed to be the friend of Jisha.
The suspect under custody has been identified as Amiyoor from Assam.
A report from Kochi quoting police sources said that a Special Investigation Team probing the murder of the woman was questioning the suspect.
Police say he is a sexually inclined person. On interrogation, the man had confessed to the crime. The blood-stained chappal found as crucial evidence near Jisha’s house was suspected to be that of the Assam native and this led the police to take him under custody.
The Assam native had infact purchased the footwear from a shop nearby and the shop owner had identified the man. The DNA samples of the man taken under custody will be sent for forensic analysis. Even a blood test would be conducted.
Police say that the man had not committed the crime alone and had worked in Perumbavoor before.
Jisha was brutally raped and murdered at her residence at Iringol near Perumbavoor on April 28. The LDF government, after assuming power on May 25 had changed the investigation team and entrusted the probe to ADGP B Sandhya on its first cabinet meeting itself.
The DNA sample from the part of Jisha’s body where the assailant had bitten here was sent to the forensic lab earlier itself. If this matches with the DNA sample done today from the nabbed person, then the culprit could be officially named.
An official statement will be made after DGP Loknath Behera returns from Mumbai on an official visit. He will hold talks with investigation officials and then reveal more details.
The rape and murder was in focus during the Assembly polls campaign with political parties attacking the then UDF regime for tardy progress in the investigation and failure to
nab the culprits.
The attack, which took place at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district, had been a major campaign plank of the LDF in the run up to the May 16 Assembly elections.
Last week, police had secured CCTV camera details from a shop from the victim's neighbourhood, which reportedly showed the suspect following the law student in the neighbourhood of her residence, hours ahead of the incident on April 28.
Newly appointed Kerala Police chief Loknath Behera, while visiting the house of the 30-year-old woman last week, had said a scientific probe has been launched to nab the culprits involved in the crime.
The Kerala High Court had last week rejected the plea for a CBI probe into the case, noting that the new SIT had been set up in the case.
The woman, who hailed from a poor family, was allegedly raped and brutally assaulted using sharp-edged weapons before being murdered at her house on April 28.