Kerala

Koodathayi murders: police take statements

Prime suspect to be produced in court today

A special police team probing the Koodathayi multiple murders has taken statements of the two sons of Jolly Shaju, the prime suspect in the case.

The investigators said the children from the first marriage of Jolly testified that mother was in the habit of making late night calls and that many visitors known and unknown frequented their house.

They also gave the names of some of the people who reached their house during her two-hour testimony before the police team at the district Crime Branch office at Payyoli here on Tuesday.

Besides, they told investigators that Jolly would leave the house in the morning asserting that she was a professor at the National Institute of Technology-Calicut.

Meanwhile, Rojo Thomas, who sought a probe into the mysterious deaths of his brother Roy Thomas and other members of the family, also gave a statement before the investigators.

His mother Annamma Thomas and father Tom Thomas were also suspected to have been poisoned to death in separate incidents between 2002 and 2008.

Comes from U.S.

Mr. Thomas, who had come from the U.S. on Monday, told the police team that he had always nursed a doubt about the suspicious role of Jolly in the death of his parents and older brother.

Meanwhile, the police have served a notice on Krishnakumar, an astrologer of Kattappana, Idukki, who had purportedly given an amulet to Roy, to appear before the investigating team to collect his statements on Wednesday.

A Crime Branch team is also probing whether Jolly had worked as a teacher at a school at Pala, Kottayam. For almost a year, Jolly had been engaged in some activity at Pala town, investigators believe.

In a related development, Divya Gopinath, SP, of the IT Cell, collected documents from a dental clinic at Thamarasery where Sily, wife of Shaju, was poisoned to death.

During a search on Monday night, the police recovered a cyanide bottle from the kitchen of Ponnamattom house. Sleuths also questioned Shaju and his father Zacharias for 10 hours.

The police will produce Jolly before the Thamarasery Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

The two other accused are M.S. Mathew and Prajikumar, who allegedly helped Jolly with supplying the cyanide.

The three of them were arrested on October 5 and the court had sent them to seven days in police custody which ends on Wednesday.

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