KOCHI: Ameerul Islam, the lone accused in the sensational Jisha murder case, was a sexual pervert suffering from extreme depravity, who had brutally raped and killed the victim, according to the chargesheet in the case filed before the Principal Sessions Court here on Saturday. The police have also completed the investigation into the bestiality case registered against Ameerul and the chargesheet would be filed before Kuruppampady Magistrate Court soon.
Running into more than 1,500 pages, the chargesheet includes the statements of 195 witnesses, of which two had recorded their statement secretly before the Magistrate. As part of the investigation, six scientific tests had been conducted to establish Ameerul’s alleged involvement in the crime. Similarly, the investigators had collected 75 objects as material evidence and 125 documents. In fact, the chargesheet was filed within 90 days of Ameerul’s arrest to prevent him from becoming eligible for statutory bail.
Police have charged IPC Section 449 (House-trespass in order to commit offence punishable with death), 342(wrongful confinement), 376(rape), 376(A)(punishment for causing death or resulting in persistent vegetative state of victim), 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) against Ameerul.
Besides, the accused was slapped with Sec 3(1)(w)(i)and (ii), 3(1)a and 3(2)(V) of Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes(Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Meanwhile, SP (Rural) P N Unnirajan, stated that the recovery of the pair of sandals in the aftermath of the crime proved crucial in zeroing in on Ameerul. The SP denied any shortcomings on the part of the police in the initial stage of the probe, which allegedly delayed the investigation and the ensuing arrest of the accused. It was also revealed that Jisha’s murder took place between 5.30 pm-6 pm on April 28, 2016.
With the intention to force himself on Jisha, the accused trespassed on her residence when she was alone there. When Jisha resisted, he stabbed her using the knife. He sexually harassed Jisha first but not satisfied with it, he inflicted brutal injuries on her private parts. When Jisha pleaded for water, Ameerul offered her liquor. After the incident, he went back to his room and got into a fresh pair of clothes. Later, the accused left for Aluva railway station after informing his brother that he was returning home to Assam.
En route to Assam, he threw away the bloodstained clothes, he had worn at the time of the murder, from the train. Later, with the assistance of the Cyber Cell he was tracked down and arrested from Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu, the SP said. “The investigation team managed to recover the pair of sandals left near the canal close to the crime scene from which Jisha’s bloodstains were found during the DNA test.
“Later, the shop from where the sandals were bought could be located. It subsequently emerged that Ameerul had bought the same type of sandals and had left Perumbavoor on the fateful day. Jisha did not personally know Ameerul. The accused had seen Jisha, while passing through the place where her residence is located,” he said.