Kochi: The Sukumara Kurup case remains a mystery even after 33 years. The police had virtually closed the sensational murder case but a court has issued a fresh arrest warrant against the absconder. The Mavelikara first class judicial magistrate issued the order on December 2, 2016 directing the Crime Branch to arrest and produce Kurup before the court.
Sukumara Kurup, the prime suspect in the Chacko murder case, has been giving Kerela police nightmares ever since the incident that occurred on January 22, 1984.
The case is one of the longest in the judicial history of Kerala. The police have been looking for him after he murdered Chacko, a film representative to claim `8 lakh as insurance money.
The court directed the detective inspector of CBCID, Special Investigation Team, Thiruvananthapuram, to arrest the accused.
The police refused to make an official comment on the development. “I took charge only recently and will look into the matter and inform the details,” said IG S. Sreejith. As per the case records, Kurup was 38 when the crime was committed.
Chacko was strangled and his body was burnt inside an Ambassador car at Kunnam near Mavelikkara.
Sukumara Kurup is suspected to have gone abroad after the incident, while two of his accomplices-- driver Ponnappan and brother-in-law Bhaskar Pillai-- underwent imprisonment for life.
Kurup was an executive with a marine petrol company in Abu Dhabi. He got himself insured for `8 lakh in Abu Dhabi and then planned to fake his death to claim the money. Initially, Kurup with his brother and driver decided to arrange for a body from a cemetery but they could not find one matching Kurup's physical appearance and subsequently killed Chacko.