Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: The remand of five of the accused in the Paul Muthoot George murder case was extended to October 6 here on Tuesday.

Subitha Chirakkal, Judicial First Class Magistrate, Ramankary, extended the remand of Jayachandran, Sattar, Kaari Satheesh, Sujith and Binu.

The five were among those arrested within a week of the August 22 murder.

Decision on plea today

The court will pronounce on Wednesday its decision on a petition filed by T.M. Subhash, an Alappuzha-based advocate, seeking that the Magistrate directly monitor the investigation, which, he said, is not in the right direction.

The Sessions Court, Alappuzha, will start hearing on Wednesday a bail petition filed by Kaari Satheesh, who had earlier confessed to have stabbed Paul Muthoot.

Abby in custody?

In other developments related to the case, there were reports that Abby, a resident of Mannancherry, who allegedly hired the gang led by Jayachandran to protect him from a business rival, was in police custody, along with a friend, Sulfi. Abby had been absconding since the murder.

Though a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity that Abby was in police custody, no arrest has been recorded. A police team from Muhamma had earlier visited Delhi after reports that Abby was hiding in the national capital.

However, according to police sources, the team found that he was in Chalakudy after they questioned his relatives last week. It is not known whether Abby had surrendered or was traced by the police.