Ruling out a larger conspiracy and business rivalry behind the murder of Muthoot scion Paul George Muthoot, the Kerala police on Monday said the killing was a fallout of an impulsive act of road rage.
Muthoot, 32, executive director of the Muthoot Group, the largest private financial services group in south India, was stabbed to death in the early hours of Saturday in Alapuzha, 150 km north of Thiruvan-anthapuram.
Briefing newsmen in Alapuzha, Inspector General of Police Winson M Paul said that 11 persons were arrested for the murder. However, he added, the main accused, who stabbed Muthoot four times, was yet to be arrested.
The IG admitted that two known criminals, Om Prakash and P Rajesh, were travelling with Muthoot when he was attacked.
“Their presence in his company needs to be investigated,” he said, adding that lookout notices had been issued for the two, who are absconding. Muthoot and his friends were on their way to the company’s soon-to-be-opened resort in Alapuzha in two vehicles. At the wheels of the first (a black Ford Endeavor) a tipsy Paul reportedly hit a bike and sped away, the police said.
“A gang of criminals, who were travelling in two tempo travelers, noticed this, chased Muthoot and intercepted his vehicle. A scuffle broke out and one of the gang members stabbed Paul,” the IG said. All those held belonged to this gang.
“As of now, we are ruling out any conspiracy theories,” he said. Muthoot, who had lived in Delhi for many years, had figured in a narcotic seizure case two years ago. But was later acquitted by a Delhi court.