Thiruvananthapuram: Preliminary inquiry into the abduction and murder of a youth in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district revealed that Ananthu Gireesh was killed in cold blood to avenge a quarrel he and his friends had with the accused during a temple festival.
Flesh from Ananthu’s arms and legs were cut out, severing his blood vessels. One of the accused Vishnu, a Pravachambalam native, committed the horrifying crime with a knife. They filmed a bleeding Ananthu writhing in pain. They left the crime spot, but returned only to make sure he was dead.
An eight-member gang who got together with alcohol and drugs in a ruined building on a bushy plot off the highway in Kaimanam plotted and executed the killing after celebrating the birthday of one among them, said the police.
Vishnu, Abhilash, Roshan, Balu, Hari, Arun Babu, Ram Karthik and Kiran Krishnan are the gang members. Among the accused, the police have taken into custody Roshan, Kiran Krishnan, Abhilash, Arun Babu and Ram Karthik. Three, including Vishnu, are still at large. The five arrested were brought to the crime scene to collect evidence. They described the murder to the police with no remorse whatsoever.
According to the police, Ananthu and his friends had picked up a fight with a local gang during a temple festival at Konchiravila three days ago. The body of the 21-year-old youth was found in a wooded area at Kaimanam on Wednesday, barely 12 hours after he was kidnapped.
The gang left for Kaimanam on bikes after Arun revealed Ananthu frequently met a girl there. As Ananthu left his bike outside to enter a bakery, Vishnu took hold of it. Abhilash and Roshan forced Ananthu to sit in between them on their bike. Some bystanders who opposed this were threatened. Ananthu was brought to the site and killed.
Syringes and alcohol bottles were recovered from the scene where he died. The gang used to frequent this place. A video shows a topless youth rolling on the ground, covered with dry leaves. Someone can be heard singing 'happy birthday'.
Youth was eyeing overseas job
Ananthu was set to fly abroad for a job soon. He was taken while returning from a relative’s place in Karamana who had promised him a job. Ananthu’s father drives an autorickshaw for a living. Brother Abhishek is an eighth standard student.
Relatives fault police
The police wasted precious hours after a complaint of abduction was registered, relatives alleged. A response came only after the assistant commissioner was approached. Relatives and friends spent all night searching for Ananthu. They recovered his bike the next day. It is alleged that the police did not even know of this bushy land near the highway near Karamana.