The police on Tuesday arrested the third accused in the case related to the ragging of two Malayali students at Erode last year. The accused, V L Kiran, 24, Dharsanayil House, Parassala, was arrested from a house in Udayamkulamgara.
Assistant Commissioner of Police and investigation officer Ammose Mamman said that Kiran was living in a rented house arranged by his parents at Udayamkulamgara, eight km away from Parasala. “We traced his location by tracking the mobile tower location of his parents’ numbers. His mother’s unused mobile phone started operating around six months ago. We suspected that the mobile was being used by Kiran now.
“From the details collected from the neighbours, we came to know that his parents visited a house in Udayamkulamgara every day.
“We reached there on Monday night. At 1.30 am when there was an electricity failure, the accused was found coming out of the house,” Ammose Mamman said. He was produced before the Kolenchery Judicial First Class Magistrate and remanded in police custody till March 8.
The police said that after the ragging incident in January 2012, Kiran was hiding at his relative’s house in Thiruvananthapuram.
He later moved to Bangalore and joined a BPO there. The police team had visited the company and received information from his friends that he has moved to Parasala.The police had arrested Akhil Babu of Oachira and Tom John of Pathanamthitta in the case.
The incident occurred in 2012 when two Malayali engineering students, while returning home, were brutally ragged by a gang named ‘Hooligans’ on the train.
The victims, Geevarghese and Arun Raj, were hacked with a blade and were thrown out of the train. There are six accused in the case and three of them are still absconding.