The murder of Paul George Muthoot, scion of south India’s largest financial services company, Muthoot Group, turned murkier on Monday.
Paul, 32, executive director of Muthoot, was stabbed to death in Alapuzha, 150 km north of Thiruvananthapuram, on August 22.
A television news channel claimed that two days after the murder, an inspector of Kerala Police had ordered a blacksmith to make an S-shaped knife according to a sketch drawn on a piece of paper.
And later on the same day, Inspector General of Police Vincent Paul announced at a press conference that Muthoot was stabbed with a similar knife.
The blacksmith, whose identity has been withheld, told the channel, Asianet News, that he was told to deliver the knife the same day for Rs 500.
On August 26, the police arrested the accused, Kaari Satheesh, who had reportedly confessed to murdering Muthoot, and recovered the knife in front of TV cameras. But his grandmother said the police had planted the weapon.
The Congress and the BJP have alleged that the police are under duress because of the alleged links between state home and tourism minister and Politburo member of the ruling CPI (M) Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son Bineesh with Om Prakash and P. Rajesh, two criminals who were accompanying Muthoot the day he was killed.