In a setback to the police investigating the Anjali murder case, forensic experts at the Kottayam Medical College on Thursday confirmed that the bones retrieved during the search operation in Wagamon belonged to an animal.

The police had taken Pradeep Kumar, the accused in the case, to Karikkad Top where he allegedly threw his wife into a gorge after giving her sleeping pills. V.A. Nishadmon, Circle Inspector of Police, Changanassery, said the accused would be taken again to the Karikkad Top on Friday and the search would resume.

Meanwhile, a woman, who identified herself as Archana from Kollad near here, claimed at a press conference that she was the second wife of the accused.

According to her, they were married on June 16, 2009. “Pradeep had then claimed that he was a widower and worked as a driver of a private service bus. But we lived separately as I had concealed our marriage from my family. We used to meet at the houses of our friends occasionally,” she said. She claimed that she didn’t knew Pradeep’s first wife was alive. “I realised that I had been cheated only after Pradeep later left for Muscat after securing a job and soon married a nurse who hailed from Adoor and worked in Muscat,” she said.

She has filed a case against Pradeep seeking a share of his property for bringing up their two-year-old son.

New twist to Anjali murder case.