KOCHI: The trial in the sensational Jisha murder case is heading towards conclusion. However, Pappu, Jisha’s father, will not be able to hear the final judgment. On Thursday, the 65-year-old was found dead around 75 m from his house near Cherukunnam in Odakkaly near Perumbavoor, according to the Kuruppampady Police. He had been ailing for a while.“As per the statements of local residents, the deceased had shown signs of uneasiness around 10.30 am.
His relatives informed the police and a policeman was sent to the spot. However, Pappu had breathed his last by the time the policeman reached,” said police officers. Kuruppampady CI K R Manoj said initial inquiry suggested natural death.“However, we have carried out an inquest and sent the body for autopsy at Ernakulam Government Medical College Hospital. The body will be handed over to relatives on Friday after postmortem,” Manoj said. A case of unnatural death has been registered.
Jisha’s sister Deepa also reached the spot after hearing of her father’s demise. Officers said Pappu had been living alone despite being ill and was looked after by a palliative care organisation for some time.
Though Jisha’s mother Rajeswari and sister Deepa received financial assistance from the state government, Pappu did not receive any share. Pappu was one of the witnesses examined by the Ernakulam Principal Additional Sessions Court in the rape and murder of his daughter. Three months ago, Sabu Mathai, a mahasar witness in the case, was also found dead at his residence.