Murder accused held after 27 years

Murder accused held after 27 years
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Malappuram: The accused in a murder case has landed in the police net after 27 years. The victim, Murali, was a quarry worker at Myladi in Pookkottoor and the accused is Kuttiachan (81) of Pinakkatt, Thodupuzha.

Kuttiachan was arrested from Mangaluru by the Manjeri police after an investigation over throwing an explosive at the house of his landlord over a rent dispute led to him. The probe into the explosive helped the police to trace the accused in a case of murder registered in 1991.

Murali of Parakkal in Mannarkad had arranged a job for Kuttiachan at the quarry. But they later entered into an argument over financial matters and Kuttiachan allegedly stabbed Murali on the chest with the tool used to break rocks. When the murder took place, Murali was aged 28 years and Kuttiachan, 54.

After the incident, the accused escaped to Mangaluru and lived at several places in Karnataka under false names like Sebastian, Kuttappan, Babu, Mohammed and Balu, apart from his real name. Over the last 30 years, he had no links with his family.

The landlord at Mangaluru has been injured in the blast. The Puthur police in Mangaluru have registered a case in this regard.

The Manjeri police team that arrested the accused included Circle Inspector N B Shyju, Sub Inspector Jaleel Karuthedath and special squad officer P Mohammed Salim, among others.

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