Thiruvananthapuram: Three nights and two days after DySP B Harikumar pushed 32-year-old Sanalkumar under a speeding vehicle, the Kerala police have issued a 'lookout circular' against the suspended cop.
The notice was put out soon after it had come to light that the accused had moved the judicial first class magistrate seeking anticipatory bail. The investigation into the death was handed over to the crime branch on November 7 after the family of the victim expressed lack of confidence in the police probe.
The lookout notices are issued to trace the criminals on the run and also to prevent and monitor effectively the entry or exit of persons who may be required by law enforcement authorities. The notice is a document, just like an application form, that has the name, age, address and identification parameters of the people on the run. It will be used at immigration checks at international borders like international airports or sea ports. The the notice describes Harikumar as a 51-year-old man with black eyes, black hair and a height of 174 cm.
Crime branch superintendent of police Antony will be heading the probe. The departmental level probe, which will look into the failings of other police officials who had allegedly delayed shifting Sanalkumar to the hospital, will be headed by assistant inspector general Vimal.
As it stands, there is no trace of Harikumar and the jewellery owner Binu in whose car the suspended DySP had allegedly made good his escape. A team of police officials had visited Harikumar's relatives in Navayikulam to secure leads, but sources said none was aware of Harikumar's whereabouts. The mobile phones of both Harikumar and Binu are switched off. A team of police officials are already in Tamil Nadu on the tip-off that Harikumar had sped to Madurai where he has strong political and police connections. He is said to have forged strong bonds with local Tamil politicians right from the time he was SI in Parassala.
Meanwhile, the ambulance driver who rushed Sanalkumar to the hospital said it was under the instructions of the police that he took the ambulance to the police station. "The local people who placed the bleeding body on the ambulance told me to take him straight to the Medical College. But the policeman who got on the front seat told me to drive slowly and take Sanalkumar to the Neyyatinkara hospital. At the taluk hospital, we were told to rush him to the Medical College but the police officer asked me to drive to the police station," Aneesh, the ambulance driver, said.