Notorious gangster Om Prakash and 11 others have been detained in connection with the murder of Muthoot group scion Paul Muthoot George (32) who was stabbed to death in the southern district of Alappuzha, 150 km north of here, in the early hours of Saturday.
Om Prakash, wanted in several criminal cases, was being questioned by a special probe team in Kollam, where the police discovered his driving licence in an abandoned car. Forensic experts have collected bloodstains and fingerprints from the car.
State Home Minister K. Balakrishnan claimed that the police has clinching evidence and all details would be disclosed on Monday.
The police, however, seem to have lost another clue by sending back four men who came from Thiruvananthapuram to claim the abandoned car. The unsuspecting police sent them back, apparently for not having sufficient papers to prove ownership of the car. Two police officers have been suspended.
The murder of the young businessman belonging to the financial services group is the latest in a series of contract killings in the state. George was a fourth-generation scion of Muthoot Bankers, started in 1887.
Muthoot Finance is the Muthoot M. George Enterprise’s most visible venture offering quick loans against gold. The group has major stakes in wealth management, money transfer, securities, IT, media, education, plantations, housing and infrastructure.