Deceased Kripesh and Sarath Lal. Illustration
Kasargod: A two-wheeler taken into custody by the crime branch along with the arrest of the eighth accused in the Periya double murder case has gone missing from the police station. The missing bike with registration KL 60 L 5730 was that of Panayaal Velutholi A Subheesh (29).
The CBI had launched a forensic examination of the weapons used in the double murder. Subeesh's bike went missing around the time when the crime branch had gained information that he was directly involved in the incident. Subheesh was a CITU activist and had fled to Sharjah after the murder.
When he came to know that the police had sought help from Interpol, he returned to India. He was arrested on May 16, 2019, at the Mangalore airport by the crime branch. The bike, which was taken into custody, was later produced in court and handed over to Bekal station for safe custody.
Of the 12 vehicles involved in the case, 11 are in the custody of the crime branch. Police began clearing the area, including the AR camp in search of the bike.
The case pertains to the murder of two Youth Congress activists, Kripesh and Sarfath Lal (both hacked to death) on February 17, 2019. The alleged murderers were on a jeep and the youth Congress activists were on a bike. The case is being investigated by the CBI following a Supreme Court order.