Kerala police have arrested an Assamese man in connection with the brutal rape and murder of a woman, a Dalit Kochi law student, on April 28 that shook the state.
Additional DGP B Sandhya, who headed the investigation, confirmed the arrest but said details could be divulged only after the identification parade. “We have arrested a person. The DNA test of the accused confirmed the samples taken from the body,” she said.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed that police achieved a breakthrough in the case which bore chilling similarities with the gangrape of a 23-year-old in Delhi four years ago.
After the Left Democratic Front came to power in the assembly elections last month, a new investigation team was constituted under Sandhya.
Police detained Amiyr-ul Islam two days ago at a labour camp near Palakkad. Sources said Islam was a drug addict suffering from a sexual disorder.
The 29-year-old was brutally attacked, stabbed and raped. Her mother had found the woman’s body at their home with her intestines pulled out.
““No other family should undergo such a situation. He should be given death sentence,” said the mother who worked as a domestic help to bring up her second daughter. Her elder daughter was married off.
After the crime, Islam fled to Assam but later came back and joined a labour camp in Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, sources said, adding the sandals he abandoned near the victim’s house helped crack the case.
Sources said the prime motivation for the murder was an incident that occurred at least two weeks before the crime. He was loitering near a bathing ghat of women where he was apprehended by women, including the victim, and was manhandled.
He started stalking her and waited for an opportunity to attack her, sources said.