Kozhikode youth abduction: DNA test report of dead body found at Thikkodi brings new angle

Visual of Irshad being held as hostage

Kozhikode: In an important development to the missing case of a youngster from Panthirikkara here, the DNA sample taken from the dead body found in Thikkodi seems similar to that of the parents of Irshad.

Irshad, who arrived from Dubai on May 13, was allegedly abducted by a gang involved in gold smuggling. He arrived from Dubai on May 13 and went to Kozhikode on May 23 after informing his family that his travel was for official purposes. In the first week of July, it came to light that he was being held hostage by the gang for more than for 'not handing over the gold smuggled from Dubai'.

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Nabeesa, Irshad's mother, said that she received a call from a person called Nassar, who threatened to kill Irshad and dump his body in a sack if she tried to inform the police. The family also received visuals in which Irshad was held as hostage. However, family later intimated police and the officials enquired about unnatural deaths in the region. That’s how a DNA test was conducted from the samples of a dead body found at Thikkodi.

Earlier, an onlooker who was taken to the custody in connection with the abduction case had informed the officials that Irshad jumped into Purakkattiri river. According to the statements of witnesses, two youngsters were seen near Purakkattiri river and one of them jumped into river. However, the officials were not able to find any lead.

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