23-year-old woman found dead; partner in custody

: A 23-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide at her residence in Kalamassery on Friday. The police have registered a case of unnatural death and taken her live-in partner into custody. 

According to police, the deceased identified as Anuja, a native of Edappally, was found hanging from the ceiling of her house near the Hill Valley School on Friday night.

She had been living in the house for the past one-and-a-half months with Khaleel, a native of Chavakkad, who reported the incident to the police. The sleuths are yet to ascertain the cause of the death and did not recover any suicide notes despite repeated searches in the house. 

During the probe, Khaleel said he was originally married to another woman and had children in that relationship. He also claimed that he had married Anuja, which the sleuths are yet to confirm. While the woman was found dead on Friday night, the police could not shift the body from the location owing to a hold up in conduct of the inquest proceedings.

This was attributed to a delay in the arrival of the Revenue Divisional Officer, who led the proceedings.

Meanwhile, the situation was tense in the locality on Saturday morning after some BJP activists raised charges of ‘love-jihad’ against Khaleel and accused the local police of attempting to hush up the case. “We have taken her partner into custody for detailed interrogation. Investigations so far have not revealed any physical assault against the victim but anything concrete can be said only after examining the post-mortem report,” said Bijo Alexander, Assistant Commissioner, Thrikkakara. Meanwhile, officials said that Khaleel was an accused in the murder of an RSS activist in Chavakkad a couple of years ago.

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