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Whodunnit? Probe Leads Nowhere

Police officers have to rely on different evidence as the suspect may not be a mobile phone user.

Published: 06th May 2016 03:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2016 04:56 AM   |  A+A-

WHODUNNIT

DySP Jijimon, head of the Jisha murder case probe team, talks with his associates in Perumbavoor on Thursday | Albin Mathew

By Arun M

KOCHI: The probe team is still searching for a defining lead to nab Jisha’s killer. The task could turn out be an uphill one as the murderer may not be a mobile phone user. It’s numbing the investigation big time.

Tracking mobile phone calls of suspects plays a significant role in investigation. Since the suspect in the Jisha murder case did not have a mobile phone in his possession during the day of the incident and after it, the police officers would have to rely on other evidence.

P Vinod Bhattathiripad, Cyber Forensic Consultant, smells a rat. “There is no chance for the absence of mobile phone evidence. It may be an issue of the lack of officers who could track logically the details provided by technical experts during the probe.

Moreover, by citing there is no cyber evidence the case can be erased,” he added.

By examining the Call Data Records (CDR) of Jisha’s mobile phone, the officers have picked up many suspects, but could not make any headway. According to a police officer associated with the probe team, two migrant labourers and few others were picked up based on the CDR of Jisha’s phone. Recently, the police solved many sensational cases after tracing the location of the mobile phone number of the suspects.

CDRs are obtained under section 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, permitting a station house officer to seek detail required for the investigation.  Meanwhile, a top official with the investigation team maintained that they have cyber/forensic evidence but the progress of the probe could not be disclosed now.

Intense search

The police conducted searches at the camps of migrant workers and at the houses of Jisha’s relatives and neighbours on Thursday under the reconstituted team headed by Ernakulam Crime Branch DySP K M Jijimon. The dog squad also conducted examination at Jisha’s residence. The officers said a pair of chappals was recovered from the premises.

BJP Panel to Inquire Crimes against dalits

New Delhi: The BJP on Thursday constituted a three-member committee to look into the growing atrocities against Dalits in Kerala, following the gruesome Jisha murder.

The party also

complained to the EC on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

The team would visit the state on May 7, 8 and 9.

The team includes BJP’s Lok Sabha MPs - Meenakshi Lekhi, Udit Raj and Arjun Ram Meghwal.

The BJP delegation which visited the EC included Union ministers J P Nadda and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, besides Anurag Thakur, Udit Raj, Heena Gavit, Meenakshi Lekhi, Krishna Raj, Anju Balam, Neelam Sonker and Richard Hay.

What BJP Told EC: “The prevailing law and order situation in Kerala has made it impossible for the electorate, especially the minorities, Schedules Castes and women, to exercise their electoral right freely.”

Slamming Cong: Meenakshi Lekhi attributed Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s silence on the Jisha murder case to the UDF’s rule in the state.

Top Team to Probe Lapses in Postmortem

➤The Health Department has ordered a high-level inquiry into the lapses of the postmortem of Jisha.

➤A team comprising K Sasikala, head of the Forensic Department, Thiruvanamthapuram Medical College and K Sreekumari, Joint Director, Medical Education, will make further inquiry on the lapses on Friday.

➤The postmortem was conducted at the Alappuzha Medical College (AMC). 

➤The Health Department ordered an inquiry based on the report of R Jayalekha, AMC principal. 

➤Amjith E Kutty, a postgraduate student of the AMC, carried out the postmortem under the eyes of an Associate Professor.

➤Jayalekha’s report said the Associate Professor carelessly handled the supervision of the postmortem.



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