Wadakkanchery rape case: Police say no evidence
Thrissur: Police on Wednesday said that that it has not received any scientific evidence which proves the incident of rape in the Wadakkanchery rape case.
Investigation officials said that there is no clear indication regarding the spot of the incident. Hence, action cannot be taken against the accused by taking the statement of the complainant alone.
Police have taken the stand that the accused will be arrested only if the victim approaches the court and the court directs the police to arrest the accused.
The investigation team had recorded the victim's statement under section 164 of the CrPC. Police were not able to find the place near Kodungallur temple where the rape is said to have occurred according to the victim's statement. Though the investigation team tried to find the place with the help of the victim, they failed.
As two years have elapsed since the incident took place, the chances of obtaining scientific evidence has diminished.
In the present situation, the top police leadership took the stand that there is no need to arrest the accused. The chances for a court order favouring the accused if the accused are arrested also prompted the police to take this decision.
As there is no evidence, the police have not summoned the accused for questioning.
The rape victim had alleged that she was gangraped by four men, including CPM Wadakkanchery branch committee member and Municipal Councillor Jayanthan, two years ago. The issue hit the headlines recently following a Facebook post by film dubbing artiste Bhagyalakshmi. CPM has suspended Jayanthan from the party following the allegation.
A special team was formed to investigate the case following allegations by the victim that the local police did not investigate the case properly.