The body of a 25-year-old woman was found near a plot on the roadside at Kumarichantha near Attukal Hospital in the wee hours of Monday. The deceased has been identified as Manu, daughter of Surendran and Shobana, who was staying in a rented house near CSI Church at Paruthikuzhy under Poonthura police station limits.
The police said that it was the local people who spotted the body near the plot. Some marks were found on the woman’s face and body.
Poonthura Circle Inspector Aji Chandran said that it is suspected that the woman was killed after being hit in the head with a stone. Police have recovered a stone from near the body.
“We are yet to arrive at a definitive conclusion as to whether it was a murder. However, the chances of murder are high as there were several marks on her face and body,” he said.
Manu had three children from her earlier two husbands and they were living along with her mother Shobana. The deceased had recently married Ratheesh of Poonthura.
As her family did not support her relationship with Ratheesh, they used to meet outside their home especially during nights. Police said that the deceased along with her two children and Ratheesh had gone out to Attukal temple on Sunday night.
The children returned home by 12 am and told Shobana that their mother was standing outside on the road. However, Manu did not return home even in the morning.
As per preliminary investigation, it was found that the deceased was found partially dressed when the body was found. Her relatives alleged that Ratheesh might have killed her. Ratheesh is absconding and search for him is on.
Manu is survived by children Keerthana 11, Lavanya 6 and Anandhu, four-and-a-half.