The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the Director General of Police to constitute a special team headed by a police officer not below the rank of DIG to take over the investigation of the suspicious death of K Indu, a research scholar at National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode.
Justice S Satheesachandran passed the order on a petition filed by Indu’s father K Krishnan Nair, Kumarapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, seeking a CBI probe into the case.
“Even assuming that this is a case of suicide, whether there is any abetment by any person needs to be investigated. The needle is pointing to Subhash and the case should be probed by the agency,” the court said.
The court also said that whether Indu was trapped or ensnared by Subhash who happened to be her professor should be considered.
The materials gathered from the mobile phones and laptops of the duo should be taken into account as well. “Whether she was driven to commit suicide after her marriage was fixed, or whether she had faced threats and black mails should be probed,” the court said.
The court also observed that whoever was responsible for tearing off the pages from her diary, whether it was done by her or by some other person and at what point of time, may also have much significance. During the midst of the investigation, a conclusion had been formed by the investigating officer that it was a case of suicide.
Indu’s body was recovered from Periyar a few days after she went missing from the Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express train in April last year. Investigations suggested that the woman ended her life by jumping off the train when it reached the Aluva Bridge. “If it is a case of suicide, whether the victim would have cleared the railing of the bridge given the speed at which the train was moving, or if it is an accident or whether she was pushed out, all aspects have to be probed,” the court said.