THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The District Rural Police on Wednesday arrested 105 persons against whom court warrants were pending. The arrests were made during a special combing drive led by Rural SP Rajpal Meena.
Meena said in statement here that the others arrested during the drive included five longtime absconders, 147 persons for drunken driving, 105 persons evading arrest in police cases and 82 who consumed liquor in public places.
Police picketing and patrolling will be intensified in the coming days to ensure a safe festival season, Meena said.
Man Hacks Pregnant Wife to Death
Suspecting the fidelity of his wife, a husband from Nedumangad hacked his eight-months pregnant wife to death in the wee hours of Thursday. Manju, 29, daughter of Manoharan and Kala of Kuttamala Nera Vazhichal, was killed by her husband Sreekumar, 37, of Sreenilayam, Karimbikkavu, Chirathalakal, near Ulioor, Nedumangad. The incident came to light after the accused surrendered before the police after he committed the crime.
According to the police, the incident occurred around 5.30 am.
“The accused, who was a temporary employee at Ponmudi Guest house, suspected that his wife had an extramarital affair. Till the other day she was at her house in connection with her pregnancy. Owing to his doubts regarding her, he invited her to his house and later hacked her on the back side of her neck, which led to the death. According to his statement, Manju had told him that the child was not his and this was what forced him to commit the crime,” police said.
Sreekumar had earlier undergone treatment at Peroorkada Mental Health Centre. Though it is learnt that the accused surrendered before the police, the latter claimed that he was arrested based on a tip-off by his neighbour.
He was later produced before the court and remanded.
Blade Mafia Threat: Bank Employee Kills Self
The blade mafia in the state is still in active mode, even as the state police are continuing the ‘Operation Kubera’ drive to clamp down on the menace. The suicide of a bank employee indicates the existence of the blade mafia.
According to the Nedumangad police, Kannan, 32, son of Korappan Asari of Kalyani Nivas, Pazhakutti, died following consumtion of poison.
“It was on Tuesday night that he was hospitalised for chest and body pain and around 8.30 pm he succumbed to the pain. But during the check-up, a suicide note was recovered from his dress pocket,” said the police.
As per the suicide note, he was tortured by a money-lender named Lalu of Vanda. “The torture was following the deceased taking a loan at exorbitant interest rate. In the post-mortem report, it is mentioned that his death was following consuming cyanide,” said the police. “ According to his note, he had borrowed a total of Rs eight lakh from the money-lender. Though he had paid back around Rs 30 lakh, the money-lender continued the torture,” said the police.
The deceased was a temporary employee with a nationalised bank. He leaves behind his wife Sharanya and son Goutham.
Accident: Man Succumbs to Injuries at MCH
A 63-year-old man succumbed to injuries at Medical College Hospital here on Wednesday night, after he was hospitalised after an autorickshaw hit him at a bus stop at Nilakkamukku the other day.
The deceased has been identified as Babu of Santhi Nivas, Mannathimoola. According to the Kadakkavoor police, the accident had occurred last Monday. “He was hit by an autorickshaw at a bus stop near Nilakkamukku, while he was waiting for a bus. He was under treatment at Medical College Hospital for grievous injuries. It was on Wednesday around 4 pm that he succumbed to injuries,” said the police.
Babu’s body was handed over to relatives after post-mortem. He leaves behind his wife Sathi and two children.