Kochi: The Special Investigation Team probing the rape and murder of Jisha, 30, of Perumbavur began collecting the fingerprint samples of the adult males residing in the neighbourhood of the victim’s house at Vattolipaddi canal road at Eravichira, five km from the town, on Tuesday.
With the cops failing to get any concrete lead into the murder of the dalit law student even 12 days after the incident, they are now pinning their hopes on the massive exercise under which fingerprints collected will be analysed with that of the two samples got from the crime scene.
“The attacker definitely had an idea of the house and its inmates and may be even known to the victim since he had easy access to the house. Hence, one area of probe will cover the local residents. We’ve opened a desk and started the process of collecting the fingerprints of nearly 2,000 men in the age-group of 18 to 70,” sources said.
Earlier, the forensic team had collected two fingerprints, suspected to be of the accused, from the crime scene. Meanwhile, the cops plan to question the victim’s sister Deepa again after it turned out that she was lying the other day when she denied knowing Hindi. The owner of the bakery shop where she earlier worked said she used to speak the language especially to migrant labourers.
The cops suspect role of a missing migrant labourer whom they believe to be a friend of Deepa.