Kochi: The cops probing the Jisha murder case have completed the inspection of the mobile tower location of prime suspect Ameerul Islam on the day of incident on April 28 and found that he had reached the victim’s house by 4 p.m, contradicting reports that he had met her earlier in the day.
“The tower locations show he reached the region around 4 p.m. and was under the mobile tower location for the next over two hours. However, it was found switched off by 6.30 p.m,” sources said. The cops are also now probing whether the accused’s absconding friend Anarul had any direct role in the brutal crime.
This after Ameerul again changed his initial version and told the police that the knife used for committing the crime was that of his friend. There were also reports that the two had a drinking session in the afternoon on the fateful day. The cops also reportedly found fingerprints of two unidentified persons from the crime scene which they suspect to be that of a third person involved in the murder.
A police team on Friday collected CCTV footages of a bakery after the accused told them he had tea from there on the day while fleeing after committing the crime. “Since he is changing his statement every now and then, the key here is strong evidence like DNA and his mobile tower locations. Also we’re trying to nab his friend who is absconding now,” they said.
Meanwhile, the Kuruppampady First Class Magistrate Court on Friday allowed the plea by the Special Investigation Team to conduct the DNA test of the accused whose blood samples have been collected for the purpose.
“We’ve the killer’s DNA from the saliva retrieved from the bite mark over the victim’s shoulder. The first DNA test was done unofficially and for investigation purpose. Now we’re waiting for the results of the test done in the presence of experts,” they said. Meanwhile, DGP Loknath Behra wrote to the Press Council of India to “control” the media in reporting the case expressing fear that it might affect the prosecution process.