Kochi: The Kerala police have regained some of their lost credibility with the arrest of a migrant laborer accused of murdering Jisha, but the case is so riddled with missing links that not many senior lawyers are enthusiastic about accepting the role of a special prosecutor in the sensational case.
Advocates do not want to commit themselves to the case before the police have prepared a chargesheet in the case, which has cast a shadow over many a career. After the goof-up on the initial stages of the investigation, the police are still not free from the public glare. Conspiracy theories galore, given the details of investigation the police are yet to reveal.
The police insist that Ameer ul-Islam was the sole accused in the case. Yet they cannot explain the presence of a stranger’s fingerprint in the ramshackle house, where Jisha was found dead. Prosecution will have a tough time in getting the accused convicted by a court unless the fingerprint is satisfactorily explained.
The police were not able to recover the yellow shirt the accused was wearing at the time of the murder. All the witnesses who claimed to have seen Ameer on the day of the murder say that he was dressed in yellow.
The police have recovered the weapon of murder even before Ameer was arrested from the suburbs of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. This, however, is not a strong piece of evidence as the accused did not show the weapon to the police.
The accused can always go back on his statements during a court trial.
The police do not have a clear answer to whether Ameer's friends, Anar ul-Islam and Harshad Barua, had any role in the murder. Both of them could not be traced since they fled Perumbavoor.