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Jisha rape and murder case: Assam native was not on radar for most part of probe

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 17, 2016, 2:14 am IST
Updated Jun 17, 2016, 2:14 am IST
They collected the information about an Assamese youth who bought a similar slipper from the shopowner based at Kuruppampaddy.
ADGP B. Sandhya, heading the special investigation team on the Jisha murder case, briefs the media about the arrest of the culprit at Aluva police club in Kochi on Thursday.  (Photo: SUNOJ NINAN MATHEW)
 ADGP B. Sandhya, heading the special investigation team on the Jisha murder case, briefs the media about the arrest of the culprit at Aluva police club in Kochi on Thursday. (Photo: SUNOJ NINAN MATHEW)

Kochi: Assam native  Ameerul Islam,  23,  was not on the cops’ radar for most part of the Jisha murder case investigation despite the police receiving vital scientific evidence like the DNA of the perpetrator. Though the cops prepared a list of people who had gone missing from the region soon after the incident on April 28, Ameerul’s name was not there. The cops questioned the victim’s mother Rajeshwari and sister Deepa repeatedly at various  times to know about the migrant labourers who knew her.

“While the accused, during interrogation, admitted to have known the victim much earlier, it’s strange how her mother was in the dark about this. Also the local residents never heard any sound of the perpetrator during the day though  two persons had reported hearing the victim talking angrily to someone. They  thought that she was having some argument with her mother since it was  usual for the two to quarrel  over small matters,” sources said.

 

Though a dog squad was deployed the day after the crime, no progress could be made since the perpetrator washed of  the bloodstains in the canal beside the victim’s house. In fact,  the first time Ameerul’s name cropped up was when separate units were dispatched to West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu to investigate the  migrant labourers who had earlier worked in the Perumbavur region but returned after the murder.

“A two-member investigation team reached Assam’s Nauga district to question two natives who had returned there. It was during their questioning that the cops learnt about Ameerul’s coming back to his native village and staying for over a month without any job,” they said.

 

Meanwhile, the new investigation team followed up on the slippers recovered from near the victim’s house and found that the pattern was  usually preferred by migrant labourers. They collected the information about an Assamese youth who bought a similar slipper from the shopowner based at Kuruppampaddy.

“He became a key suspect and we traced him using the IMEI number. Later,  he admitted to the crime and the DNA also matched,” the sources aid. A probe into the whereabouts of the accused revealed that he has  two wives, one at  his native place and another at  Perumbavur. His wife in Assam is aged around 38 years who has an 18-year-old daughter from another man.  His second wife  at Perumbavur  is relatively younger and they have  a one- and-a-half-year-old kid, the sources said.

 

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