Kottayam woman’s death: Police issue lookout notice against accused

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Arun Vidyadharan

Kottayam: Police have issued a lookout notice against the man booked on the charge of abetment to suicide over the death of a young woman in Kaduthuruthy here. The move comes as the person has been on the run for four days.

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, the accused is said to have fled the state. Based on the mobile tower location, police suspect that Arun is hiding in Tamil Nadu.

Earlier today, Youth Congress laid siege to the local police station at Kaduthuruthy here alleging that there have been lapses in the investigation into the death. The protesters were later forcibly evicted by police personnel. There was also an altercation between them for some time. The Youth Congress activists later staged a sit-in protest in front of the station.

With agency inputs

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