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Case of the missing Kottayam couple: police bring in scanners to search underwater

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Case of the missing Kottayam couple: police bring in scanners to search underwater Police officers at a quarry in Ettumanoor.

Kottayam: More than two months after a couple from Kottayam vanished with their car, the police are bringing in a sophisticated scanner to search in the water bodies in the district. A team of experts from the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Thiruvananthapuram visited 12 waterbodies and granite quarries recommended for examination by the police.

Ottakkandathil Hashim, 42, and wife Habeeba, 37, have been missing since April 1. They had driven to Kottayam from their house near Chengalam to buy food for the children. An extensive search for the couple by the police and well-wishers has been futile so far.

Couple drives away to buy food for children, doesn’t return even after a month

The police and the Fire Force had searched the stretch of river near Panampadi on a suspicion that the car plunged to the deep water. A naval team also searched the area with specialized scanners but nothing strange was found.

The C-DAC scanner, which can show a larger area underground with more clarity, will be put into use next week. This is the first time the scanner was being used for a police investigation, C-DAC officials said. The police roped in C-DAC as the investigation so far drew a blank, district superintendent of police N. Ramachandran said.

Water bodies in Chengalam, Kavanattinkara, Kurichi, Kainadi, Manarkad, Vempally and Kaduthuruthi will be combed for the missing couple.

The police suspect that the couple had committed suicide by driving into the waters. The only surveillance footage of any use in the probe shows the couple’s car passing the Illikkal bridge and turning right.

The couple’s relatives have complained to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan asking for effective measures to trace them. Director general of police T.P. Senkumar had visited the family to ascertain the facts.

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