Two gangsters suspected to have been travelling with financial services executive Paul George Muthoot the day he was murdered surrendered in a court in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
Om Prakash and Puthenpalam Rajesh, who surrendered before judicial first class magistrate S Selvam, were remanded to judicial custody till September 11.
Both were missing since Paul (32), executive director of Muthoot, south India’s largest private financial service chain, was stabbed to death on August 22 in Alapuzha, 150 kilometres north of Thiruvananthapuram.
Prakash and Rajesh, whose names have figured in many criminal cases in the state, were said to be accompanying Paul in his vehicle at the time of the murder.
On August 26 the police had arrested Karri Satheesh, the main accused, and had said that they had recovered the murder weapon, an S-shaped knife, from his house.
But on Monday, 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.
On Tuesday, the Congress-led opposition walked out of the assembly and staged a dharna outside the House after the Speaker refused leave for an adjournment motion to discuss the murder case.
The Kerala High Court, meanwhile, has dismissed a petition filed by Satheesh’s mother seeking a CBI inquiry into the murder.