The main suspect in the murder of Paulose Thomas, a Malayali engineer who was consultant for a project of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), has been absconding for over two months.
K. Elangovan was an accountant with Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd. (ICT), of which Mr. Thomas was an employee. Police have no leads as to the whereabouts of Mr. Elangovan, who disappeared on January 20, a couple of days after he was interrogated in connection with the murder. A lookout notice for him has been issued in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Police named him a suspect after they found that Elangovan had enquired about the layout of Mr. Thomas’ flat on Avinashi Road in Coimbatore with the apartment builders.
Mr. Thomas, a retired PWD engineer who hailed from Muvattupuzha, was team leader with ICT. The firm had been hired by the NHAI as consultants on the four and six-laning of the Salem-Ernakulam highway from Chengapalli near Tirupur to Walayar. ICT is monitoring the quality and progress of the nearly 1,000 crore BOT project of IVRCL Chengapalli Tollways Ltd. An ICT official said Elangovan had been part of the company for at least more than a year.
Mr. Thomas was found dead in his apartment in December 2012. Cardiac arrest was first thought to be the cause of death. However, suspicion arose after the deceased’s son Suraj Thomas, a surgeon in London, found ligature marks on the neck suggesting that he was murdered.
Elangovan had turned up for questioning first. “He later gave his phone to his mother and left saying he was going to Coimbatore. He has not contacted even his family after that,” said investigating officer T.H. Ganesan of the Coimbatore police.
The police had also considered the possibility that Elangovan may have been killed.