Kochi: The 1300-page charge sheet the special investigation team probing Jisha murder case filed in the Ernakulam principal sessions court on Saturday says Amirul Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam, killed the 32-year old Dalit law student following a rape attempt at her home. The 1300-page charge sheet, filed exactly after 90 days of his arrest to deny him bail, names 195 witnesses. They also submitted 125 documents and 75 pieces of material evidence.
The 23-year-old with a sexual disorder who 'murdered the victim with a sharp object (knife) when she resisted', faces charges under IPC Sec 449 (house-trespass to commit the offense punishable with death), Sec 342 (wrongful confinement), Sec 376 (rape), Sec 376 (A) (inserting any object into the vagina), Sec 302 (murder) and Sec 201 (destroying evidence). He also faces charges under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
They have recorded statements of two witnesses under Section 164 of CrPC. The government had appointed N.K. Unnikrishnan as special public prosecutor. “The investigation mainly relied on scientific evidence. It has also collected sufficient situational evidence,” Ernakulam (rural) superintendent P. N. Unnirajan said. “We’ve done six tests as part of DNA profiling of samples found in the saliva stains from the victim’s churidar top, blood stains on the door frame and skin particles in her nail clippings.”
They recovered the knife from near the victim’s house, and a pair of sandals belonging to the accused from near a canal. Her house too had blood stains. Though the probe concluded sexual assault, another forensic report is awaited to prove it. Kuruppampady police has also completed probe in the bestiality charges against him. It will file the charge sheet soon.
Speculations fall flat as SIT wraps up first phase
As the Special Investigation Team wrapped up first phase of the probe into Jisha murder case, many theories connected with the sensational case doing the rounds have fallen flat. The cops, opening up to details of the case for the first time, categorically denied the victim knew the accused for some time before the day of crime, ie, April 28 last. They also termed as ‘false’ the theory that the main accused was aided by another person and that the police fudged with crucial evidences at the initial stage.
“We probed all that angles thoroughly. The murder was committed by Ameerul alone. The finger prints of another person found from the crime site was found to be an old one and not connected with the case. Also the victim had not gone outside and had food nor she had any relationship with the accused or knew him personally previously. All those are speculations,” said P.N. Unnirajan, Ernakulam Rural Superintendent.
The officer denied the accused had a friend with the name ‘Anaarul Islam’. There were reports that Anaarul Islam aided the accused in the crime and the cops failed to trace him despite sending a special team to Assam. When asked whether the cops initially fudged up with crucial evidence by failing to cordon off the crime scene, the officer said though there were a few links missing initially, the investigation team did a good job and collected all vital evidences so as to make the case strong before the court. “Also the report of the accused having a gap in the front row of teeth is not true. The bite marks in the victim’s body were not fully revealed. But this might be because the accused must have bit over the victim’s dress,” he said.