Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced that the Centre is ready to conduct a CBI probe and that those found guilty in the Jisha rape and murder case would be punished.

 

Singh made this announcement at a public meeting about 16 km from Kollam city, as part of an election campaign ahead of the May 16 Assembly polls in Kerala

"A CBI probe should be held into the murder. As the country's Home Minister, I assure you that as soon as we get a recommendation (in this regard) from the state government, we are prepared to conduct a CBI probe. I assure you that the guilty shall be punished."

The Home Minister's remarks assume significance with the investigation by Kerala police not making much headway even days after the incident.

 

The Dalit woman, who hailed from a poor family, was raped and brutally assaulted using sharp-edged weapons before being murdered at her house near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district on April 28.

 

The shocking incident had its echo in Parliament with members demanding "exemplary punishment" for the culprits besides triggering widespread protests across the state.