13 arrests so far in Kochi honour killing case

13 arrests so far in Kochi honour killing case
Shihab, Nisar, Aneez, Salam, Azeez and Hassainar, who were arrested in connection with the case.

Kakkanad: Six more persons were arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of Jibin Verghese (34), who was found dead by the roadside near Palachuvadu bridge at Vazhakkala last Friday.

The arrested persons include Kunduveli Olikkuzhi Salam (42) Olikkuzhi Padannat Azeez (47), Manappadath Aneez (34), of Sreebhoothapuram near Sreemoolanagaram, Kunduveli

Olikkuzhi Hassainar (37), Ullampilly Shihab (33) from Olimukal and Kannankeriyil Nisar (30) from Chittethukara.

Seven persons were already arrested by the Thrikkakkara Police in connection with this case.

Aneez is the son-in-law of Azeez, whose younger son Manaf was already under police custody. The rest of the arrested persons are Azeez’s relatives or neighbours.

The murder had allegedly taken place at Azeez's residence.

One more person, who had travelled along with the gang in a car behind the autorikshaw in which Jibin’s body was taken to be abandoned on the roadside, is yet to be arrested. It is not clear whether he had directly participated in the assault.

13 arrests so far in Kochi honour killing case
Jibin Verghese who was found dead by the roadside near Palachuvadu bridge at Vazhakkala last Friday.

The death of Jibin, whose body was found by the roadside, would have been written off as another hit-and-run case had it not been for some CCTV footage which showed his body being taken into an autorikshaw by the accused.

There was tension between Jibin and Azeez's family over his alleged affair with a woman belonging to Azeez’s family. According to the case registered by the Thrikkakkara police, Jibin was lured to the house on Friday night after which he was brutally attacked and killed.

All the accused whose arrest was recorded on Tuesday were already under police custody from Monday onwards.

Jibin begged for his life

Jibin is reported to have begged for his life till the last moment, according to the police. He had begged the attackers to take him to a hospital and that he would not reveal he was beaten up but was injured in some accident, but the attackers never listened. The assault had lasted almost for two hours.

Jibin who had reached the house at Kunduveli was received with a kick which sent him rolling down the staircase. Even though quite healthy and strong, Jibin could not resist the unexpected kick and he was dragged and tied to the grill beneath the staircase.

The details of the brutal assault were revealed by the accused on being questioned individually and in group by the police. The statements given by the woman who was witness to the assault had provided valuable evidence to the police.

Eleven out of the accused persons are neighbours and the remaining three are relatives who were summoned to the spot.  

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