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New probe officer appointed in Dalit woman rape & murder case

Kochi: Amid criticism over delay in arresting culprits in the brutal rape and murder case of a Dalit woman, Chief Investigating officer DySP Anil Kumar was today removed and a new official appointed to head the probe team.

A B Jijimon was today appointed as the new chief
investigating officer in the case, while Anil Kumar will
continue in the team, police said.

Yesterday, police had released the sketch of the suspect
in the case.

The woman, who hailed from a poor family, was allegedly
subjected to rape and brutal assault using sharp edged weapons
before being murdered at her house at nearby Perumbavoor in
Ernakulam district on April 28. A postmortem had revealed 38
big and small wounds on her body.

No arrests have been made in connection with the case,
though three persons have been picked up for questioning.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Opposition leader V S
Achuthanandan had visited the mother of the victim at
Perumbavoor Taluk Hospital, yesterday.

Chandy had dismissed reports that the case had weakened
following the delay in arresting the culprits and assured that
government would spare no efforts in bringing the culprits to
book. Government later in the day announced a solatium of
Rs ten lakh to the bereaved family and a job to the woman's

CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthanandan attacked the government
and demanded that a new probe team be constituted while BJP
state president Kummanam Rajasekharan flayed it for delay in
arrest of the accused.

With police failing to make much headway in the case even
after a week of the gruesome incident, there was widespread
criticism over the alleged shoddy manner in which the probe
was being held.

The shocking incident also had its echo in Parliament
yesterday with members demanding "exemplary punishment" for
the culprits while the state government assured stern action.
The issue had its echo in both houses of Parliament yesterday.

BJP member Meenakshi Lekhi said if death penalty had been
given to those convicted in the Nirbhaya case that shook the
nation, "fear of law would have gone into the minds" of
potential criminals.

In the Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien had
described the incident as "most shameful for every Keralite"
while the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar
Abbas Naqvi said it had "crossed all limits and was inhuman".



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