Kothamangalam murder case: Police gear up for an ‘interstate’ probe

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Kothamangalam: Kothamangalam police are all set to expand the probe, over the murder of the 24-year-old medical student in Kothamangalam, to other states too. Police have decided to expand the probe after examining the tower locations of the phone used by Rakhil, the accused. Rakhil had reportedly travelled to Bengaluru, Mangalore and Bihar during an eight-day period before the incident.

It was on July 30, PV Manasa, a BDS student of Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences in Nellikuzhi, Kothamangalam, was killed by Rakhil at the house where she was living on rent.

On July 4, Rakhil had hired a room in Kothamangalam near the college in which Manasa was studying. Two days after hiring the room, he disappeared and arrived back just one day before the incident. By not seeing him, the house owner had contacted him and Rakhil informed that he was in Palakkad for a business deal. During the 22-day period of his absence, Rakhil had travelled to various places in and out of the state. For eight days, Rakhil was not in the state as was travelling in Bengaluru, Mangalore and Bihar. Police focus on this eight-day period and decided to form various teams to reach these places for further investigations. “We have not reached a conclusion so far. However, we are examining all possible grounds with the existing clues and further examination of Rakhil’s mobile is progressing,” said Sibin VS, Station House Officer of Kothamangalam Police Station.

In the meantime, reports came out about a migrant worker with whom Rakhil had travelled to Bihar for buying the gun. Police have not confirmed this so far. “All the reports coming out now are rumours and a proper picture will be out in a couple of days after the investigation is over,” added Sibin.

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