KOZHIKODE/WAYANAD: Putting more pressure on the investigation team and the authorities, an action committee has sought stringent action against CM Makham at Madavoor, an orphanage, over the alleged murder of a 12-year-old boy there earlier this month. The boy from Wayanad, was allegedly stabbed to death by a man from Kasargod. Though the accused was arrested soon after the alleged murder, the members of the committee claimed that the police was trying to portray the accused as insane, and the probe was not in the right direction.
“Till now, the police has not collected statements from the family members and not checked the family’s situation. The officials of the orphanage are powerful and we suspect their involvement in the progress of the investigation,” said action committee members at a press conference in Manathavady on Friday. The District Child Protection office (DCPO), on Friday found serious lapses in the accommodation facilities for children at CM Makham. As many as 71 students of CM Makham central school, in classes 8, 9 and 10 were staying in a dormitory, where pilgrims coming from various areas had the opportunity to mingle with the children.
The DCPO was directed by the State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights to collect evidence and statements. The police had claimed that resisting the advances for unnatural sex by the alleged killer had led to enmity and murder. More kids also confessed later that they had resisted his advances. The DCPO had in 2015 inspected another orphanage in the same area and found that the inmates were denied even public education and were given only religious education. After the intervention of the Child Rights Commission, some of the children were taken to schools and others were taken back by their parents. The committee stressed that officials in the rank of an SP should probe the alleged murder.