Perumbavoor (Kerala), May 4 (IANS) The probe to trace the killer of a young poor woman who was brutally murdered in Ernakulam district apparently after being raped is on the right track, the Kerala Police said on Wednesday.
Jisha, 27, was found murdered on April 28 at her home near a canal here by her labourer mother. Her body was found badly mutilated. There were injuries on her private parts, according to police.
“We are unable to give details of what we are doing and what’s happening on the probe, but can say that it’s going on the right track,” Additional Director General of Police K. Padmakumar told reporters here.
The crime is being compared with the rape-cum-murder of Nirbhaya in the national ccapital that shook the country in December 2012.
On Wednesday morning, Leader of opposition V.S. Achuthanandan reached the hospital where Jisha’s mother is undergoing treatment.
“All this will happen in a state when the Oommen Chandy government is going on. It is going to be a week now and no one has been arrested,” he said.
The first to arrive here in the morning was the chief minister. But he was greeted with the Left opposition student and youth activists’ sloganeering against his government.
The Youth Congress activists were also present in equal numbers, giving the chief minister a close company.
Chandy assured Jisha’s mother that the killer would be arrested and promised a state government job to Jisha’s sister. “Police are doing their job and very soon the accused would be booked.”
As media was pestering Chandy with more questions, a scuffle broke out between the Youth Congress activists and the media.
State BJP spokesperson A.N. Radhakrishnan said when valid questions are being asked by the media from the chief minister, the Congress activists are taking the media to task.
Meanwhile, a neighbour of the victim was last night picked up from Kannur. He was brought here and police questioning is underway.
Police are questioning eight people and using scientific methods to verify their statements.
With the assembly polls just 12 days away, the case has now attained significance with the blame game beginning.
With assembly elections slated for May 16 and the media taking up the case in a big way, this has now become the most talked about incident not just in Kerala but outside the state as well.
The Left opposition and the Bharatiya Janata Party are going hammer and tongs against the callous way the police handled the case.
While the Congress workers say it’s the CPI-M that has not done anything to lift this poor family, which they could have easily done as the legislator, Lok Sabha MP and the local ward councillor are all from the CPI-M, they should have ensured that the basic needs of the family were attended to.
The CPI-M is blaming the ineffective way the police is handling the case and it was only after the media and the social media took this case up, did the police get down to their job.
Anger is also brewing as the post-mortem was done by a post-graduate medical student.
Meanwhile, the Kerala government has sanctioned compensation of Rs.10 lakh to Jisha’s mother, Chandy told reporters..