Kozhikode: The recovery of a finger, suspected to be of one of the killers of IUML worker Muhammed Aslam, near the car found at Vadakara, has confirmed to the police that the accused must have received ample support from the local people. The car, believed to be that of the killers, was found abandoned near Cooperative Hospital, Vadakara, and police seized it and brought it to Nadapuram station.
ASP R. Karuppaswamy, who is heading the investigation told DC that the hospital details including the patients’ register and CCTV cameras were being checked to confirm whether the accused had sought treatment there. He added that his team had already interrogated some of the officials at the hospital. “At this point it cannot be concluded that the finger belongs to one of the accused. However, the statements by the hospital officials can be crucial,” he added.
Since the hospital is being run by those owing allegiance to the CPM, further investigations are expected to put the party’s role under suspicion. Forensic experts, the fingerprint team and dog squad had already collected evidence from the car (KL 13 Z 9091) and its surroundings. The car, with its front portion damaged, was not noticed by many and had bloodstains, liquor bottles and track suits in it, said the police.
Kuttiady CI A Sajeevan had first inspected the car and said that the investigation reached a crucial stage after the vehicle was found. According to sources, the car was first rented out to a native of Vanimel and from him, a person from Niravummal is suspected to have handed over the car to the accused. Police has intensified the search around Niravummal and Chuzhali. Undercover police has spread out around Nadapuram and Kallachi.