Siddique murder, a case of honey-trapping: Malappuram SP; Shibli kingpin

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Siddique, Accused Shibili and Farhana.

Tirur: The murder of Kozhikode hotelier Siddique happened amid honey trap pursuit, Malappuram superintendent of police Sujith Das confirmed on Saturday. All three accused knew about the honey trap plan, and they booked rooms at De Casa Inn hotel in Eranhipalam as part of it, he told the media.

“Farhana reached Kozhikode from Shoranur on May 18. Ashik alias Chikku also arrived later by train. They met with Siddique in his room. They tried to take his nude pictures and threatened him. A scuffle followed and Siddique fell. Shibili grabbed the hammer Farhana had and hit Siddique on the head. Ashik kicked his chest, leading to the rib fracture. The trio continued to attack him, and the respiratory system got impaired. It caused his death. That is what we understand from the autopsy report,” Das said.

“Shibili also had a knife with him. He threatened Siddique using the weapon. The accused were equipped to defend themselves if the honey trap plan went amiss,” said the officer.

The trolley bags were bought from Mananchira on the day of the murder. However, as the accused figured out that the body would not fit into the bag, they bought a mechanised cutter and chopped the body into two pieces inside the bathroom of room G04. They later dumped it in Attappady. They also abandoned the car and tried to destroy the evidence. They have confessed everything to the police. Evidence collection and recovery of items used will be carried out on Saturday itself, he added.

Further, Das asserted that there was ambiguity over certain matters revealed by the accused. “There is no confirmation about whether Shibili was fired from the restaurant. Shibli is the mastermind behind the honey trap. Ashik was the one who gave the idea to dump the body in Attappady. Farhana was dropped back at her home after the incident,” he said.

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