The Crime Branch probing the Mithila Mohan murder case on Thursday submitted before the Kerala High Court that the death of seven persons, who had links with Mithila Mohan, did not happen under suspicious circumstances.
These seven persons include one of the accused in the murder case. The Crime Branch also said earnest and sincere investigations are being carried out to locate the remaining accused in the case and sought some more time to complete the probe.
The CB had arrested Santhosh Kumar, the first accused in the case, on April 4, 2013. Three other persons -- Pandyan, Mathivanan and Uppali -- were arraigned as the second, third and fourth accused. Crime Branch SP K G Simon filed the statement in response to a petition filed by M Manesh, son of Mithila Mohan, making a plea for a CBI probe into the case, in the light of reports that persons connected with the murder were dying under suspicious circumstances.
He submitted that after the arrest of Santhosh Kumar, Ceylon Mohan, who was the head of the quotation gang, was killed under suspicious circumstances.
The accused are hiding in various parts of the country and the Crime Branch does not have the capacity to locate them, the petition stated.
The CB pointed out that Pandian alias Sindigul Pandian, the second accused who had accepted money from Santhosh Kumar and arranged goons to commit the murder, was killed in an encounter with the Tamil Nadu police. The Crime Branch team verified all the matters in connection with Pandian’s death.
Ceylon Mohan, an associate of Pandian, was murdered by some goondas in connection with an illegal connection with the wife of Venkitesh. He was murdered before the arrest of the first accused in the case, the Crime Branch said.