Crime: New twist in Muthoot murder case & more
Two persons accused in the Paul Muthoot murder case -- P. Om Prakash (30) and S. Rajesh (30) of Thiruvananthapuram -- surrendered before the Judicial Magistrate IV J. Selvam in Tirunelveli on Tuesday. They were remanded to judicial custoy till September 11. They will be lodged at the central prison, Palayamkottai, till September 11 and produced before a Pathanamthitta court on September 12.
Paul Muthoot George, Executive Director of Muthoot M. George Group, was killed by a gang on the Alappuzha-Chenganassery road on August 22.
Mewnwhile, the Muthoot murder case took a new and sensational twist when a local TV channel did an investigative report to expose that the `S' shaped knife that the police claimed was used to murder the 32-year-old scion of the Muthoot group was actually manufactured by a blacksmith after the murder was committed.
According to a report telecast by Asianet news channel, the investigative reporters were able to catch hold of the blacksmith who made the 'S' shaped dagger. The design and the order for making the knife was reportedly given by the police.
The reporters of the TV channel, posing as cops, accosted the blacksmith in Alapuzha. The blacksmith reportedly admitted that it was Circle Inspector K A Thomas of Alapuzha police station who gave him a drawing of the dagger for reference. Subsequently, he made two such knives and the police picked up one. The other was left behind.
Inspector General of Police Vinson M Paul had claimed that it was Kari Satheesh, one of the youths in the gang which attacked Paul in the wee hours of August 22 near Alappuzha, who had actually stabbed Paul. Subsequently the dagger was `recovered' from the house of Sateesh.
When the dagger was recovered from the house of Satheesh later, his grandmother had claimed that the cops had planted it in their house before recovering it.
Two dreaded criminals Om Prakash and Rajesh who were with Paul when he was killed have not yet been traced despite a massive manhunt. The two had a past of having been activists of the CPM's youth outfit DYFI and are reportedly close to the powers that be.
The parties have been accusing Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and his family of having vested interests in the case and of harbouring goondas and criminals.
The new claims will be a shot in the arm for the ongoing campaign launched by the Opposition UDF and the BJP against the lopsided investigations in the Paul murder case. The actions of the police have been suspect from the beginning.
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