In Perumbavoor, Kerala, a most-savage rape and murder of a 30-year-old law student has shocked the public and sent the state police force scrambling to solve the case.
In an incident similar to the chilling 2012 Nirbhaya case, the law student was found murdered in a pool of blood at her one-room house in Kuruppampady on April 28. It was her mother who found her. Reportedly, there were at least 30 stab wounds on her body and her intestines fished out, possibly by the use of a sharp weapon by the attacker.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, under attack from the opposition which complained of delayed investigation in the case, has promised strict action. He bemoaned the incident and said it has transfixed Kerala. Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala will be visiting the home of the victim later today.
A team of officials headed by Perumbavoor DySP Anil Kumar is investigating the case. When contacted by police officials said the investigation is underway and that no new leads can be confirmed at the moment.
News agency ANI reported that two people have been questioned in the matter.
Local media reported that police officials are looking at migrant labourers from northern Indian states working in the area and extended relatives of the deceased as suspects. There were unconfirmed reports that the law student was heard arguing with someone at her home on the day of her murder. Her mother was not present at home when the murder took place. The incident has sparked heavy outrage on social media with people complaining that politicians have no time to attend to the case as elections are underway in the state. With polling just two weeks away, leaders across the political spectrum are busy criss-crossing the state in their bid to galvanize voters in an election widely termed to be too close to call