Kottayam | A man suspected to be the killer of an elderly nun at Pala in the district has been arrested by Uttarakhand police last night. A team of police officials from Kerala today left for Haridwar after it received information that Uttarakhand police have arrested one Satheesh Babu, against whom a lookout notice was issued yesterday by the state police for allegedly killing 69-year-old sister Amala in her Lisieux Carmel Convent in Pala on September 17, police said.
Satheesh Babu, a native of Kasargod, is stated to have been arrested from a guest house of an Ashram in Haridwar by Uttarakhand police midnight yesterday after Kerala police gave a specific input about his presence there, they said. Kerala police who had put mobile phones of Satheesh’s relatives and friends under surveillance came to know from a message received by his elder brother from Haridwar that the murder accused was camping at the guest house of an Ashram.
Kerala police immediately passed information regarding Satheesh Babu’s crime to Uttarakhand police and he was held from the Ashram guest house, police said. A four-member police team led by Pala Deputy SP C S Suneesh Babu has left for Haridwar to take custody of the suspected killer, police said. Claiming a breakthrough in the sensational murder of the nun, police had said yesterday that they have identified one Satheesh Babu from Kasargod, a habitual drunkard, as the assassin.
His photographs were also released to media by police. Police, which conducted the probe with the help of its cyber cell, suspect that Satheesh Babu is a serial offender targeting convents. Sister Amala was found dead in a pool of blood in her convent room on September 17.
A deep injury with a sharp edged weapon on her back and minor wounds were found on her forehead, police had said. Suspecting that it is a case of unnatural death, police had immediately constituted a team of officials headed by Suneesh Babu to probe the case.
Satheesh Babu was a habitual offender and there were reports that he was involved in cases of attacks on Churches in the state, sources said. “The accused Satheesh had gone to meet an ailing friend in a hospital near the Convent after which he might have committed the crime,” sources added. He lived with his wife and two children in a rented house at Erattupetta, and is a member of a quotation gang.
He is also an accused in three cases in Vadakkancherry and Alappuzha, including an attempt to murder. A few months ago, he had stolen two mobile phones after attacking a nun at a convent in Bharananganam.
The police have received clinching evidence to prove his role in the murder, said district police Chief Satheesh Bino. “We had got the lead a few days ago and were verifying his links with the crime. He had communicated via a mobile SIM card which he had stolen,” Mr Bino said.
The finger prints of the accused, which were found on the walls of the convent, have been verified from the police data base. The police cyber cell has confirmed the use of the stolen mobile phone inside the area of the tower where the convent is situated on the night of the crime.
He was also identified by the people who were present in the nearby hospital that night. He had run away from a toddy shop at Pala after the police conducted a search in the shop.
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