The police team investigating the murder of Harihara Varma has extended their probe to neighbouring states after Haridas, the middleman who was with Varma at the time of the crime, gave a statement that the killers were from the north.
Going by the statement of Haridas, the probe team has sought the help of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka police forces. The police are of the opinion that the killers might be hiding in any of these states.
Meanwhile, contradictions in the statements of Haridas and car driver Jehangir, who dropped the culprits at the railway station here, has landed the police in a slight maze.
Haridas told the police that it was a three-member team of north Indians which committed the murder, which contradicts Jehangir’s version that only two had escaped in his car and they spoke Malayalam. It is learnt that the police team are going through the details of the earlier transactions of Harihara Varma.
The police also strengthened the probe team by inducting more officers, including city Crime Detachment assistant commissioner K E Baiju.