Lorry driver’s murder planned? Friends continue to be in hiding

Lorry driver’s murder planned? Friends continue to be in hiding
Vinu, the murdered lorry driver.
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Parassala: Mystery shrouds the death of a man whose body was stuffed in a sack and abandoned in his friend's compound. The body of 41-year-old Vinu was found in the banana plantation of his friend Shaji at Kadambattuvila on Tuesday.

Vinu, a lorry driver, was murdered on Sunday and the body was left unburied for two days. It has come to the notice of the police that one barrel of kerosene was stolen from the ration shop at Arayoor on Friday, leaving suspicions that the killer had plans to cremate the body soon after the murder.

Police feel the murder was supposed to be the outcome of a personal vendetta between the friends. A few months ago, Shaji was roughed up a gang of goons at Parasauvaykal and abandoned near Idichakaplamoodu, which was believed to be the handiwork of Vinu. There are rumours that Vinu had indeed taken Shaji to the goons and this rivalry must have ended in the murder.

Though Vinu had gone missing since Sunday neighbours gave statements that a group of people, including Vinu, were engaged in a boozing party at Shaji's house on Sunday morning. Vinu is suspected to have been murdered later in the day. Shaji and his accomplices were present in the house till the next day. The murder was brought to light when Vinayakumar, who lives nearby, was called to remove the slab of the toilet.

On reaching the house Vinayakumar was horrified to see a body drenched in a pool of blood lying face down. No sooner did he start running from the spot, than Shaji and his gang caught him from behind and brutally assaulted him with a hammer. He was freed when the neighbours rushed to the spot hearing the scream.

Vinayakumar is currently in police custody.

Three accomplices of Shaji who were present at the house at the time of crime have gone into hiding. The body of Vinu was cremated on Wednesday.

Shaji's father Krishnan, an ex-service man, had gone missing five years ago. There were widespread rumours of Shaji's hand in Krishnan's disappearance as both of them were not in good terms with each other.

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