Nayana Surya’s death: Investigation may launch over lapse of Museum police

Representative Image, Nayana Surya

Thiruvananthapuram: The investigation team under commissioner CH Nagaraju on Friday took the statements of filmmaker Nayana Surya’s brother Madhu, in connection with the probe over the death of the young director in her rented house in 2019.

Reportedly, details regarding Nayana’s financial transactions and protests against sand mining in Azheekal were collected from Madhu. The last call that Nayana received on her mobile phone was her mother’s, which was two days before her death. However, the police could not find if there were any missed calls.

Meanwhile, the officers at Museum police station are likely to face a departmental probe and action for allegedly tampering with evidence. The report filed by ACP KK Dinil noted severe procedural lapses on the part of the Museum police. The report also alleged that the police failed to collect material evidence in the case. It recommended launching a reprobe as the possibility of murder could not be dismissed.

ADGP MR Ajith Kumar decided to hand over the case to the Crime Branch based on the report of the ACP.

However, no final decisions have been made regarding the members of the Crime Branch investigation team. The order will be released only when the state police chief, who is now out of station, returns to Kerala.

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