Kerala rape and murder: Cops release sketch, Chandy announces compensation

 Kochi: Police on Wednesday released sketch of a person believed to have committed the rape and murder of a Dalit woman in nearby Perumbavoor even as the investigation team questioned her neighbour, who was taken into custody from Kannur on Tuesday evening.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Police said the sketch was prepared based on the inputs provided by two persons who claimed to have seen a person at the time of the crime on 28 April in the neighbourhood of the victim's wayside home in Perumbavoor.

It is not clear whether the persons currently under the custody of police have similarity to the sketch of the person.

Local media reports suggest that the person taken into custody from Kannur has some similarities with the sketch released today but it was not confirmed by the police.

Amid widespread protests over the delay in arresting the culprits behind the brutal murder committed nearly a week ago, police remained tight-lipped about the ongoing probe carried out under the direct watch of top officials.

The police, facing flak for alleged lapses in the initial investigation into the incident, continued to grill the person picked up from Kannur.

He reportedly had left the area soon after the incident and it was found from the examination of mobile phone records.

Three persons have been taken into custody by police for questioning in connection with the rape and brutal murder of the 30-year-old woman law student.

The woman, who hailed from a poor family, was allegedly subjected to rape and brutal assault using sharp edged weapons before being murdered at her house.

No arrest has been made so far in the crime that shocked the state triggering, intense politicking ahead of the 16 May Assembly elections.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government on Wednesday announced a solatium of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the victim.

A government job will also be provided to the sister of the victim, an official press release said.

With many persons coming forward to extend financial help to the family to build a house, the Ernakulam District Collector has been asked to coordinate and provide all assistance to the family in this regard.

The government will also approach the Election Commission seeking permission to provide assistance to the family of the victim.

The woman, a law student who hailed from a poor family, was subjected to rape and brutal assault using sharp edged weapons before being murdered at her house in Perumbavoor on 28 April, police said.

Updated Date: May 04, 2016 20:54 PM