Kattappana double murder: Kerala police say will close the case in a week or two

Investigation team hopes that they could wrap the case in a week or two. The stumbling block before them is the mystery surrounding neonate's body. A 10-member special investigation team has ben formed to crack the case.

ByDileep V Kumar

Published Mar 15, 2024 | 8:30 AMUpdatedMar 15, 2024 | 8:30 AM

Kattappana double murder: Kerala police say will close the case in a week or two

The Kattappana double murder case, which captured public attention and fuelled speculation since it came to light, is said to be on the brink of reaching a crucial conclusion.

The investigation team has shared its expectation that they could wrap up the case in a week or two.

It was a theft case which led the police to investigate the double murders in the Idukki district, which the suspect were said to have committed out of greed and shame.

“No, the investigation has not come to a dead-end, nor has it been concluded,” said an officer of the investigation team.

“We have some crucial leads and we are piecing together them. We expect that in a week or two we can wrap it up,” he added

Related: Kerala Police exhume one of the bodies in Kattappana double murder

The stumbling block

At the same time, the stumbling block before the investigation team is its inability to crack the mystery surrounding the murder of a neonate. The police said that the prime suspect, Nitheesh, deliberately attempted to create confusion and mislead investigators.

“He planted false leads on the site where the neonate was buried. We hope that we can soon exhume evidence needed for forensic investigation to solve the murder of the neonate,” added the aforementioned officer.

The team would also have to ascertain that the skeletal remains that they exhumed were those of the person suspected of being murdered by the accused. The forensic report of this is due.

On Wednesday, Ernakulam Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Putta Vimaladitya inspected the two houses — one at Kakkattukada and another at Sagara Junction — where the murders were committed.

Taking note of the seriousness of the case and the importance of finding the body of the neonate, the DIG announced the formation of a 10-member special investigation team to probe the crime.

Related: Idukki murder victim’s body to be exhumed

The case

On 2 March, the police apprehended two men — Nitheesh and Vishnu — in connection with a theft case.

While interrogating them about their whereabouts, the police developed suspicions about Vishnu’s father Vijayan.

Further inquiry led to the shocking revelation that he was murdered and was buried inside the house where Vishnu’s mother and sister were staying.

The police also stumbled upon the information that the duo was involved in another murder — that of a neonate.

As per the police, Nitheesh, who was said to be a practitioner of black magic, established closeness with Vishnu’s family after they approached him to treat an ailment of Vishnu’s sister.

It is said that Nitheesh impregnated her. The baby born out of this relationship was murdered, with Vishnu’s family in the know.

Nitheesh was said to have convinced the family that the newborn would bring shame to them and that it was better to kill the baby.

However, the police have yet to crosscheck the veracity of this plot as neither Vishnu’s mother nor sister appear to be mentally stable enough to give a statement.

When the police found them, they were reportedly locked inside a room and had not interacted with anyone for months.

(Edited by Arkadev Ghoshal)