COIMBATORE: Mohanrasu, whose daughter is presumed to have been killed in 2007, filed a habeaus corpus petition in the Madras High Court then, praying for a direction to trace her.
The court disposed of the petition as Inspector Anbazhagan filed an affidavit stating that Lakshmi had stayed in a lodge in Coonoor with one Ismail and an unidentified child and that she later eloped with him.
Not losing heart, Mohanrasu approached each of the subsequent Inspectors at the Pollachi West Police Station but not everyone took interest in his case.
He moved the High Court again and in 2012 obtained a direction to the then Coimbatore Rural Superintendent of Police to trace the girl.
Following this, a special team was constituted and that was it.
“A year ago, Inspector Gopinath took special interest and began investigation afresh. Recently, an IPS officer posted here sympathised with me and told his subordinates to pursue the case vigorously,” recalled Mohanrasu.
Following this, the officers summoned the old suspect Thangaraj and grilled him when he reportedly confessed to have killed the girl with the help from two associates.
The battle is only half won for Mohanrasu as the police have not arrested the three suspects as Lakshmi’s body is yet to be found and the suspects have changed versions about where her body was buried.