- Jisha was brutally raped and murdered on April 28, 2016
- SIT found that murder was committed by Amirul Islam, an Assam native
- Discrepancies in the statement of police, victim's mother, accused and his brother had raised serious concerns about police findings
The mystery surrounding the sensational rape and murder of Jisha, a dalit law student of Ernakulam, still lingers on with the victim’s parents stand against each other regarding CBI investigation into the case.
Jisha's father Pappu had approached High Court seeking CBI probe into the murder while her mother informed the court that there was no need of an intervention of the central agency. She said she was satisfied with the findings of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Kerala police that arrested Amirul Islam, an Assamese labourer for killing the law student.
Discrepancies in police version, contradictions in the statements given by victim's mother and claims of the brother of accused had raised serious concerns about the conclusions reached by investigating team. The charge sheet had stated that Jisha was forced to consume alcohol, but postmortem report did not support that claim. There were differences regarding the time of death stated in the charge sheet and in the postmortem report.
Jisha's father approached the court pointing out the holes in the police version. In the first stages of investigation, the police had stated that the murder was committed using an iron rod, but in the case diary this turned out to be a knife! He also claimed that SIT failed to prove the motive and circumstances that led to the murder.
Rajeswari, the mother of the deceased, had told media that she had not met Amirul, the sole accused in the case. But in an exclusive interview with Asianet News she said the accused nursed a grudge towards Jisha.
Meanwhile, Jisha’s sister Deepa had wondered whether Amirul, a frail figure, could commit the murder single handedly. She said her sister was healthy and would have escaped him easily.
The SIT, however, concluded that Amirul, an Assam native, committed the murder alone. However, Amirul, in a statement before Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court, claimed that his friend Anarul killed Jisha. Following this, his brother Badarul also came up with a revelation that his brother's friend was the real culprit.
The police version of the murder had raised several doubts since the arrest of Amirul. Earlier, there were reports that the police had identified the finger prints of a third person from the crime spot, but later SIT denied it. In the charge-sheet, the investigators claimed Amirul had no friend named Anarul. Besides all this, the sketch of the suspect released by the police had no resemblance to the accused.
Jisha’s father Pappu and mother Rajeswari are separated and reports say that he had left the family years ago leaving children behind. But after his child’s death, Pappu had alleged that her body was hurriedly cremated, without even informing him. It is assumed that the discord in the family must be the reason behind dragging the case into further legal tangles.
The High Court has scheduled the case for further hearing on December 17.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:55 PM IST