Kottayam woman’s death: Accused on the run; Youth Congress activists lay siege to police station

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Kottayam: Police have intensified the search to nab the prime accused in the death of a young woman in Kaduthuruthy on Monday.

Athira, a young woman from Kothanalloor, died by suicide at her home on Monday. She was found dead a day after she filed a complaint against her friend, Arun Vidyadharan, accusing him of abusing her on Facebook.

According to her family members, Athira was in a relationship with him and they parted ways on mutual consent. Later the man used to threaten her over the phone by telling her that he would upload her photographs on social media, the relatives claimed.

"Athira filed a complaint with Kadunthurity police station on April 30 evening. Later the man posted her photos on social media and he also posted a photo of her sister's husband who is an IAS officer saying that if he got arrested, the victim's brother-in-law will be the man behind it. She was very upset about that and ended her life yesterday morning", the relatives added.

Kaduthurthy police registered a complaint under sections 306 and 119 (b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) of the Kerala police act and started an investigation. However, accused is said to have fled the state. Based on the mobile tower location, police suspect that Arun is hiding in Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, Youth Congress activists on Wednesday organised a protest march to Kaduthuruthy police station, alleging police laxity.

Charging that the negligence of the police had resulted in Athira's death, as many as 12 Youth Congress activists led by their district president Chintu Kurian Joy laid siege to the room of the Station House Officer (SHO) at Kaduthuruthy police station.

The protesters were later forcibly evicted by police personnel. There was also an altercation between them for some time. Tension escalated as protesters tried to barge into the station; Vaikom ASP had to arrive to pacify the agitated workers.

The Youth Congress activists later staged a sit-in protest in front of the station.

Youth Congress workers alleged that several members, including their District President, were beaten up by the police. MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan also arrived at the scene.

-With agency inputs-

(It's important to remember that suicide is not a solution to any problem, and those struggling with mental health issues should seek help from professionals. The 'Disha' helpline provides free counselling and support services. You can call them at 1056 or 0471-2552056)

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