In a significant development, a native of Assam, who is suspected to have raped and killed Jisha, a Dalit law student at Perumbavoor, has landed in police custody. 

 

Quoting police sources, Asianet News reports that Amyur Ul Islam, a labourer from Assam, who is suspected to have committed the brutal murder on April 28 is being grilled at a secret location. The blood sample of the suspect has been sent for DNA tests and the result is considered to be very crucial in solving the murder case. 
 

Also read: Jisha murder case: A timeline of investigation
 

The suspect, according to the police, has confessed to the crime. His arrest will be recorded only after the DNA results. Though an official confirmation is yet to come, the top police officials are known to exchanged congratulatory messages for breaking the case that caused a big challenge for the investigation team.  

 

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder was groping in the dark till a pair of sandals, suspected to have used by the murderer, was recovered the other day from the banks of a canal near Jisha's house. The sandals had blood stains, and the SIT took the lead and zeroed in on the Assam native.  The SIT is also interrogating four friends of the suspect. 

 

Amyur Ul Islam and his friends, all manual labourers, were living 200 meters from the house of Jisha. The police say that the murderer is a sexual pervert.  The suspect had befriended Jisha when he worked as part of the construction of her house. 

 

However, in the absence of witnesses, the SIT will have to collect as much scientific evidence as possible to reach a logical conclusion. The SIT is likely to convene a press conference to announce the arrest of the suspect in the afternoon. 

 

Jisha, a 29-year-old law student, was found murdered on April 28 at her home in Perumbavoor by her mother who works as a casual labourer. 

 

The crime, dubbed "Kerala's Nirbhaya" for its similarities to the 2012 gangrape of a young paramedic student in a moving bus in Delhi, evoked an instant outrage in the state and was a major poll issue during the Assembly elections.