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Kerala: Newly-married man abducted, tortured, and brutally murdered; cop told youth's father I'm 'busy with CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 May 2018, 12:11 IST

Marriage is an unforgettable memory for all, so it was for a family in Kerala but ended in tragedic memory, when the groom was allegedly murdered by goons that were hired by bride's brother. On Sunday, Joseph, father of the groom was pleading with the sub-inspector to help trace his 23-year-old son, who missing since night and was kidnapped by the relatives of the girl he married two days back. But, the cop's apathy towards youth's father was shocking. When he sought help from the sub-inspector, the officials told the youth's father that they were busy with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s visit to the district, according to Indian Express report.

According to police and relatives of the youth, Kevin P Joseph and Neenu (20) fell in love with each other and were in a relationship for over the last two years. Police official said that Kevin was an electrician and hails from a poor Dalit Christian family in Kottayam. Both of them stayed in Kottayam where he completed his ITI diploma and she studied in a local college. Kevin’s relatives have also claimed they were “aware” of this relationship.

Joseph even used to run a two-wheeler workshop, the official said. “Neenu is from an influential Christian family at Thenmala in Kollam, her mother is a Muslim. Her parents, particularly her brother Shanu Chacko, were against her affair with Kevin. Shanu is our main suspect and is on the run,” a police officer said.

The duo got married at the sub-registrar's office in Ettumanoor near Kottayam Friday. “After their marriage on Friday, Kevin and Neenu spent several hours at the Gandhi Nagar Police Station after a case was filed by her parents, Kevin’s uncle M Rajan was quoted as saying by IE. There was also an attempt by police to forcefully send her back with her parents, he alleged.

“Kevin was staying at his cousin Anish’s house at Mannanam, near the city, while Neenu was in a hostel. Early on Sunday, a gang attacked the house and kidnapped Kevin and Anish. The two were badly beaten up. The gang, which came in three vehicles, also vandalised the house. As soon as we came to know of the incident, we rushed to the local police station. Joseph spent the whole day there, from 9.30 am, pleading for help while the sub-inspector kept saying that he was busy with Chief Minister’s visit to inaugurate new facilities at the medical college,” Rajan claimed. “Around noon, Anish was dropped back home by the gang. They claimed Kevin had escaped from their custody. But early on Monday morning, we received information that Kevin’s body had been found in a canal near the Thenmala forest,” said Rajan.

Later, the sub-inspector was suspended, In a statement, the CM’s office said that one accused has been arrested and one of the vehicles used in the incident taken in custody. When the Oppositions Congress and BJP marching to the police station, the DYFI issued a statement saying it had expelled Niyas, the relative of Neenu’s mother, from primary membership.

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First published: 29 May 2018, 10:18 IST