People flock to 'Chacko padam' as 'Kurup' makes headlines
Mavelikkara: With the release of the movie ‘Kurup’, Chacko padam at Kunnam has been catapulted to the limelight. Many people are flocking to the spot to see the field in which a car and Chacko’s body were set ablaze years ago, said M Muraleedharan, who runs a shop near the field. Along with this, posters with the text ‘Wanted Kurup’ appeared near the field.
It was after the murder of Chacko, the Tannimukkam puncha in Thazhakkara panchayat came to be known as Chacko padam. On January 22, 1984, Sukumara Kurup and his team killed Chacko (32), a film representative and burnt the body by placing it in the driving seat of a car.
Local people spotted the burning car and one of the locals Kizhakkadath Radhakrishnan informed the police station around 1.30 am. As there were not many telephone services then, he made the call from the nearby Travancore Oxygen factory. Former Grama panchayat member Murali Vrindhavanam said that the people returning after the church festival had spotted the car on fire first.
By morning itself, the fake news on Cheriyanad native Sukumara Kurup's death spread like wildfire in the village.
However, a team of police under DySP PM Haridas concluded that the body does not belong to Kurup. The police suspected Sukumara Kurup’s relative Bhaskara Kurup as they spotted burn marks on his hands. Following this, police initiated a detailed investigation and solved the mystery behind the dead body.
The burnt car was kept at Mavelikkara police station and the remnants of its engine still found there.