Renji and Rojo had little support from family, says neighbour
Kozhikode: In connection with the Koodathai murder case, a neighbour revealed that Renji and Rojo faced strong opposition from other family members.
Mohammad Bava, a neighbour at Ponnamattam house, said that had the events unfolded the other way around after the six bodies were exhumed, Roy’s sister Renji Thomas and brother Rojo would not have been able to come out of their own houses.
It must be remembered that six members of Ponnamattam house died under suspicious circumstances between 2002 and 2016. The case has now become infamous as Koodathai murders. Jolly, the main accused in the case was residing at the house.
Hinting at the difference of opinion within the family, Bava added that even he has been under immense pressure for the last few months. Bava was the only source of support for Renji and Rojo in their efforts to move forward with the case and exhume the bodies of their loved ones to gather evidence.
Even on the day of opening the grave, many relatives of Renji and Rojo had expressed their disapproval. The relatives even alleged that the siblings were trying to cook up the case in order to snatch the family wealth.
However, once police collected evidences and Jolly confessed to the crimes, the relatives changed their stance. Baba said that if that was not the case, Renji and Rojo along with himself would have found it extremely difficult to come out of their own houses.
Bava grew up with those at Ponnamattam house. In fact, it was Renji who took tutions for Bava when he was in 10th standard. During Christmas and Onam, Tom Thomas and Annamma used to invite Bava and family to Ponnamattam house for food.
However, everything changed after the death of Roy Thomas and Jolly started distancing herself from them, Bava said.