Police releases sketch of suspect over Jisha’s murder; man nabbed from Kannoor questioned

Wednesday, May 4, 2016,12:33 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Police is said to have not yet received any clear clue regarding the culprit behind the brutal rape and murder of Dalit law college student Jisha in Perumbavoor.

Police on Wednesday released a sketch of a man believed to be the suspect.

A 26 year-old man, who was a resident of Kuruppampady near Jisha’s home, was questioned for hours Wednesday morning.

Police reportedly did not get any clue after questioning him in a secret location.

Police officers, including ADGP Padmakumar and Ernakulam Range IG Mahipal Yadav questioned the man who was taken into custody from Kannoor.

News channels reported that Police is set to compare fingerprints of the suspect with that are available from Jisha’s house.

During questioning, he has denied he is involved in the crime. He said he is relapsing after a surgery for hernia, and is not capable of committing a crime like this. He reportedly told police that he was arrested with ganja on 22 April, and left for Kannoor after he was released on bail. He is said to be addicted to ganja smoking.

He is suspected to have disappeared from the area the next day after Jisha’s murder took place.

The 30-year-old woman, a law student who hailed from a poor family, was allegedly subjected to rape and brutal assault using sharp edged weapons before being murdered at her house on April 28. No formal arrest has been made yet in the crime that shocked the state triggering intense politicking ahead of the May 16 Assembly polls. IG Mahipal Yadav has said there were signs of strangulation, smothering and 13 injuries on the woman’s neck, chest and at several other places of the body. Some reports said the victim sustained around 20 injuries and her intestines were pulled out.

The crime has chilling similarities to the 2012 gangrape of a young paramedic student in a moving bus in Delhi. The girl later succumbed to her injuries. Women’s rights activists and political leaders in Kerala, cutting across party lines, have voiced concern over the murder which they believe was a first of its kind in the state for the sheer brutality of the crime.