Thodupuzha: The reason for the murder of a butcher at Amayapra, near Thodupuzha in Kerala's Idukki district, in August 2017 was an altercation over a love affair with a class XII girl.
Vishnu (26) was brutally stabbed to death on the night of August 10, 2017, at his residence and there was no eyewitness to the incident.
The police cracked the case recently after the arrest of two class XII students, who were the girl's schoolmates, and three DYFI members. The two students, one of them the prime accused, were also Students Federation of India (SFI) members. The students were juveniles when the incident occurred and they will be tried under the juvenile Act. All of them were under the influence of drugs when they committed the crime, police said.
The arrested persons included Vishnu (21), Ananthu (20), Mahesh (21) and the juveniles, said Idukki Police Superintendent KB Venugopal. Two of the suspects are siblings. The arrests were made by a team led by District Crime Branch DYSP TA Antony.
According to police, victim Vishnu was employed at a slaughterhouse in Udumbannoor town near Thodupuzha. The cops said that a private bus employee, who was a friend of victim Vishnu, had an affair with a class XII student of the same school where the two SFI members were studying. The bus employee and the two SFI members had an altercation over this and Vishnu thrashed one of the two students in front of a crowd at Udumbannoor town.
The two students then roped in the three DYFI members and plotted a revenge attack, police said. One of the minors stole a knife from the slaughterhouse and they entered Vishnu’s house at night while he was asleep and the prime suspect stabbed him on the chest. According to police, the knife had pierced the body and the cot. Vishnu was found dead the next morning by the owner of the slaughterhouse.
The murder weapon is yet to be recovered.
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