The main accused in the rape and murder of a Dalit law student in Kerala has been sent to judicial custody by Perumbavoor court for 14 days.
This development comes a day after the Kerala Police arrested a migrant worker in connection with the case. The murder of the 30-year-old woman had rocked Kerala, bringing the issue of women’s safety to the centre of the political debate during Assembly polls.
Police identified the accused as Ameerul Islam, 23, a native of Assam’s Nagaon district. He was nabbed from Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. Police sources said the accused lived about 200 m away from the victim’s hut at Vattolippadi near Perumbavoor. He had developed an acquaintance with her when he worked at a construction site in the locality.
The rape and murder was in focus during the Assembly polls campaign with political parties attacking the then UDF regime for tardy progress in the investigation and failure to nab the culprits.
The woman was murdered in her home on April 28.
The attack, which took place at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district, had been a major campaign plank of the LDF in the run up to the May 16 Assembly elections.