Kottayam: The mobile phone turned villain for tipper driver Ajesh, who was arrested for murdering a 15-year-old-girl here four days ago.
The girl, reported missing from Ayarkunnam in Kottayam, was found dead buried in a plantain farm behind a brick kiln. The police said she was killed when she resisted Ajesh's sexual advances.
The police said Ajesh and the girl got close over the mobile phone and had long conversations. The girl's kin told the police that she had called Ajesh on the phone and left home. Her brother-in-law and other relatives were at the house then and she left without taking the phone, the police said.
When Ajesh called again, the bother-in-law attended the call and an altercation ensued.
The family expected the girl to return soon. They started inquiries when she did not turn up by evening. They approached the police and told them of the call from Ajesh.
The police soon extricated the call data records and zeroed in on Ajesh.
Hard nut to crack
The police said Ajesh refused to cooperate with the investigation and refused to have committed the crime. He put up a face of defiance for one whole day, the police said.
After continuous grilling he admitted to the crime and took the cops to the spot where he buried the body.
He said he had bitten the SIM card to destroy it.
The police said Ajeesh had a broken marriage and he had two kids in it. Last week, he had turned up at the panchayat office with another woman seeking to register marriage. However, it did not happen for want of requisite documents.
Ajesh resided in a room near the hollow bricks kiln where he worked as a tipper driver. The others, including migrant labourers, had gone for work and no one noticed Ajesh's activities, the police said.
Forensic experts gathered evidence from the spot.
Ajesh was cool and unperturbed even as the police took him to the crime scene. He got off the police vehicle and was asked to show where he had buried the body.
He showed the police the place and looked on as workers dug up the spot and took the body out.
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