Pathanamthitta revenge murder: One accused, victim’s sons arrested; 10 others on the run

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Accused Aneesh, Sujatha

Pathanamthitta: A man has been arrested in the murder of a woman at Changoor in Pathanamthitta in an alleged revenge crime. Though he was nabbed on Monday, his arrest was recorded only on Tuesday night following an interrogation. The accused has been identified as Kurumbukara native Aneesh (32).

A gang attacked Ozhukupara native Sujatha (64) with sticks and stones on Sunday night, allegedly as revenge on her sons Chandra Lal and Soorya Lal. Later, she succumbed to her injuries on Monday morning.

Police claim that at least 12 to 15 persons were involved in the case. It has been reported that Aneesh gave hints regarding the other accused, who are on the run now. The investigation is progressing under a team led by Adoor DySP R Binu. Police have intensified the search. A team of forensic officials, fingerprint experts, and a dog squad inspected the crime scene.

Meanwhile, police have also arrested three persons, including Sujatha’s sons, for unleashing the attacks that sparked the revenge strike. Chandra Lal and Soorya Lal were arrested and remanded after the funeral of their mother Sujatha. Third accused Vignesh was also nabbed along with them. Soorya Lal, who had been imprisoned in a KAAPA case, was released from prison only two months ago.

According to police, a road dispute among neighbours was the trigger of the series of violent incidents. Chandra and Soorya attacked their neighbours. They also used their pet dog to threaten them. Mulayamkode natives Mohanan, his children Saran, Sarath and Revathy, and Revathy’s husband Monish, a four-year-old child were injured in the attack. In retaliation, a gang of nearly 15 members barged into the house of Sujatha when she was alone and attacked her as revenge for this. The assailants also hacked Sujatha’s dog, police said.

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