KURUPPAMPADY/ALUVA: The special investigation team (SIT) which is probing the Jisha case said on Friday that the murder was planned. ADGP K Padmakumar, who is supervising the SIT, said the probe has reached a crucial stage and the team has zeroed in on the suspected murderer.
“It’s clear that the murder was planned and done for no gain. No arrest has been made till now. Several persons are being interrogated. The murderer will be arrested soon. At this stage of the probe, no additional information can be disclosed,” he told Express.
Padmakumar conducted a meeting with Kochi range IG Mahipal Yadav at the Police Club in Aluva.
Asked about the involvement of migrant labourers in the murder, he said: “The possibility cannot be ruled out as many workers from other states are working and staying here.” Around 40 police officials have been entrusted with probing the case and they have the assistance of cyber cell and Crime Branch officials, said Yadav.
“Ten police units are engaged in the probe. Each unit is looking into different aspects of the case,” he said.
On the need for a CBI probe, Yadav said: “Being on the rolls of the CBI for several years, I think police investigation is the most suited for crime detection.”
‘File Progress Report of the Probe’
The High Court on Friday directed the state government to file a statement on the progress of the ongoing probe into the rape and murder of Jisha. The government has been asked to submit the report on May 30.
Chance for Identification Parade
The state police chief T P Senkumar said on Friday that an identification parade of the suspects, if required, would be conducted. “An identification parade may be conducted. The investigation is progressing in the right direction, but no timeframe can’t be drawn for the completion of the probe now,” Senkumar told reporters after holding a meeting with the special investigation team.
A Forensic Expert’s Take by Ajay Kanth
The decision to cremate Jisha’s body has been widely criticised as it nullified the chances of a re-postmortem. However, Dr B Umadathan, the most renowned forensic surgeon in the state, found nothing wrong in it. “After genital examination, collection of scalp and pubic hair, nail clippings, vaginal swab and smear, the body can be disposed. In Jisha’s case, police might have collected all these details,” he told Express.