Retd SP Haridas who probed Sukumara Kurup case no more 

Retd SP PM Haridas

Kollam: Retired SP PM Haridas, who investigated the case of notorious fugitive Sukumara Kurup, passed away due to lung-related ailments here on Sunday. He was 83. He breathed his last while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here on Sunday morning.

Haridas had led the probe in search of Sukumara Kurup in 1984 while serving as DySP at Chengannur. The suspicions raised by Haridas while inspecting the charred dead body found in a car near Kollakadavu bridge on January 22 have unveiled the tale of a brutal murder that shook Kerala. Though everyone initially perceived that the deceased was Sukumara Kurup, the DySP swam against the tide and launched a probe following his instincts.

Haridas found that the accused Sukumara Kurup plotted the crime to embezzle a life insurance amount and the deceased was a film representative Chacko.

Haridas served as DySP in Kollam, Kottayam, Vadakara, and Tirur. He retired while serving as CB CID SP in Thiruvananthapuram. He is survived by his wife J Vasundhara, son Tiku Haridas and daughter Dr Roopa Ramanathan.

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