From Left: Abdul Rehman, Anjana Shajan, Ansi Kabeer and ED Salman during a get together.
Kochi: Zeroing down any chance to have a foul play or mystery behind the accident that claimed the lives of Ansi and Anjana, their close friend Salman ED told Mathrubhumi.com that their death was purely due to the accident. He dismissed the rumours linked with No.18 Hotel, the hotel owner and others.
Salman was one among the five friends in the group, having Ansi Kabeer from Attingal, Anjana Shajan from Mala, Mohammed Ashiq from Vemballur (Thrissur) and Abdul Rahman (who drove the vehicle) from Mala. The accident which took place on the Vyttila-Palarivattom National Highway Bypass claimed the lives of Ansi, Anjana and Ashiq on November 1. It was in Salman's car (KL-43-K-2221), the four reached Kochi to have a get together.
“We were five; but lived as one soul. Through the accident we lost three among us,” says Salman ED (25) of Edappully House at Konathukunnu in Thrissur.
“We all couldn't meet for months and Abdu was all set to go abroad. We all wanted to meet before he goes and I was also planning to join. However, I couldn't join as I had a shooting in Kannur. After handing over the vehicle to them, I had left for Kannur. In between, I was contacted by them to share the moments,” said Salman.
Salman is a model by profession like Ansi and Anjana. However, Abdul Rahman was interested in business associated with stock markets and all. Ashiq was working at a private firm in Muscat as an accountant. He could not go back due to Covid-19 crisis and later joined a firm in Pune. Salman, Ashiq and Abdul Rahman were college mates in Thrissur and were thick friends. Salman and Abdu graduated in BBA and Ashiq graduated in B.Com.
Ansi and Anjana later joined their friendship and the gang became five. “It was during the Miss Malabar contest in 2017, I met Ansi first. I was Mr Personality in the Mr Kerala contest held in the same venue in Kozhikode. Through Ansi, I met Anjana too. Later, I introduced my friends to them and we became closer. In the meantime, Anjana and Abdu had fallen in love and informed their parents about it. However, fate was something else,” added Salman.
Salman was called by Ansi when they were in the No.18 Hotel during the night around 11 pm.
“We all know the hotel owner Roy Joseph Vayalat and they never misbehaved with any of us. Ansi was very friendly to all and they enjoyed the moments in the hotel. They missed me during their get together and all were very happy,” added Salman.
He also said he has no idea why Saiju, who reportedly followed them in an Audi car before the accident and showed extra care to them.
“In Kundannoor, when the vehicle collided, Saiju reached them offering a stay at night. However, they rejected it. I don't know why he had shown an extra interest. I believe he had no bad intention like to kill or harass them. He was some eight to nine seconds behind during the accident,” added Salman.
When Mathrubhumi.com contacted Salman, Abdul Rahman was with him at a hotel in Ernakulam. Abdu is an accused in the case as Palarivattom police registered a case against him under section 304 of IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and also under section 279 of IPC for rash driving.
“I spoke to Abdu about the incident. There is neither any mystery behind the accident nor the hotel owner or Saiju has any role in it. The accident happened due to a bike commuter who suddenly turned his vehicle without even using an indicator. In the bid to save him, Abdu turned the vehicle to the left and lost control of the vehicle. This is what happened,” added Salman.
He also said that there was no issue in the hotel as most of the people who attended the event were familiar to them. “I saw many reports against the owner of the hotel that he tried to intoxicate Ansi and Anjana. I feel pity for those who spread such baseless reports. The sole cause of their death is an accident,” added Salman.
He also said that they are shattered completely by the death of their close friends. “On top of all, Abdu is facing legal issues in addition to the grief caused by the death of his close friends.”
He criticised the media for publishing reports which have no connection with reality. “Media must keep some standards and verify facts before publishing it,” added Salman.