K. Subash, Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C), who was arrested on Saturday on the charge of killing O.K. Indu, a researcher scholar at the NIT-C, was produced before the Kozhikode Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Sunday. The Magistrate, M.R. Sasi, remanded the accused in judicial custody at the district jail for 14 days. A special team of the State police led by Inspector General of Police (Crimes) B. Sandhya had arrested Subash after carrying out a comprehensive probe. The body of Indu was found in the Periyar river at Aluva days after she went missing from the Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express on April 24, 2011.
Subash, 32, who had been a co-passenger on the train, was arrested in Thiruvananthapuram and was brought to Kozhikode. The police charged him with Section 302 (murder); 376 (rape) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information to screen offender) of the Indian Penal Code. Police sources said Subash had been cleverly deceiving investigators right from the time the Railway Police began probing the case. He stuck to his statement that he had a relationship with Indu and that she could have committed suicide after her parents fixed her marriage with Abhishek with whom she had studied at the Nooral Islam College of Engineering, Thuckalay.
However, a scientific investigation into the case revealed that Subash had allegedly raped Indu a fortnight before her death. He had also forcibly taken her to hotels and had blackmailed her showing pictures on laptops and mobile phones of their private moments, the police said.
The accused said he had pushed the 25-year-old researcher from the moving train while it crossed the Turuthu Bridge at Aluva in the early hours of April 25. Local people had fished out Indu’s body from Periyar on April 27. Indu, a resident of Thiruvananthapuram, had boarded the train with Subash at 8.45 p.m. on April 24, 2011. The previous day, she and her parents had invited him for her marriage.