A youth was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a minor girl in Aluva. The police registered a case after an 18-year-old girl of Muppathadam, was found dead by hanging at her home on November 30.

During investigation, it was found that she was subjected to sexual abuse for the past couple of years by the accused Shahul Hameed, 23, of Valiyangadi Veedu, Millupadi, Muppathadam. The girl was found to be four months pregnant at the time of death. The accused was produced before the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, North Paravur and remanded to judicial custody. In another case, the shadow wing of the City Police arrested one person on charges of unauthorised money lending. Anil Kumar, 43, of Appassery, Perumpadappu, was arrested for lending money at exorbitant rates of interest to bus employees and small scale traders in West Kochi. Documents related to transactions and Rs. 22,185 were seized.