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Cops mull lie-detector test on missing Jesna's friend

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Cops mull lie-detector test on missing Jesna's friend Jesna's mysterious disappearance led to protests by many groups in the state, demanding a detailed probe into the case.

Pathanamthitta: Nearly four months after the missing case of college student Jesna Maria James was registered, the Kerala police team probing the case is planning to conduct a lie-detector test on one of her male friends.

The friend, who had talked to Jesna over phone more than 1,000 times, is likely to be subjected to the tests.

Pathanamthitta district police chief T Narayanan on Monday said the cops were leaving no stone unturned in their attempt to trace the 20-year-old woman.

He said the police have not spared anyone from questioning. Rejecting the allegations that the police did not give due seriousness to the information that Jesna was spotted in Chennai, Narayanan said the information was examined carefully. He said they did not investigate the claim as there was no confirmation.

Alexi, a Keralite residing in the city, had recently claimed that he had spotted Jesna making a phone call from a shop at Ayanavaram on March 26, barely three days after Jesna was reported missing.

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Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court on Monday asked political leaders to be moderate while making statements about the case. The court was considering a plea filed by Jesna's families against some leaders who allegedly made remarks defaming the missing student and her family.

The BCom student had gone missing while she was on her way from her home in Pathanamthitta district to her aunt's house in the neighbouring Kottayam district on March 22.

Jesna's mysterious disappearance led to protests by many groups in the state, demanding a detailed probe into the case. A special investigation team has been formed to probe the case.

Earlier in May, the investigating team had visited Bengaluru after receiving information that a woman, who resembled Jesna was spotted near Madiwala in the city. However, upon verification, the police team could not find any clue.

Meanwhile, a burnt body that was found in Chengalpet in Tamil Nadu recently triggered apprehensions about Jesna's life. However, tests revealed that the body belonged to a lactating woman who is older than Jesna.

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