The Special Investigation Team, constituted to probe into the brutal rape and murder of Jishamol in Perumbavoor, submitted the chargesheet before the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court on Saturday. Assam native Ameerul Islam is the sole accused in the case.
Jisha,the chargesheet notes, was murdered after the accused tried to rape the law student at her residence in Perumbavoor. The police had conducted six scientific tests, collected 75 material evidences, 125 documents and interviewed around 105 witnesses in the 1500 page chargesheet. He had been charged under sections like IPC 302, 376 and under the Prevention of Atrocities against SC/ST Act.
The body of the victim had been discovered on April 28, with her private parts horribly mutilated, by her mother Rajeshwari at their Iringol residence in Perumbavoor. The incident, which shocked the conscience of the state, had snowballed into a controversy after activists and opposition leaders questioned the laxity of the police and the then UDF Government in conducting the investigation. “Several evidences were botched up,” they alleged.
The LDF Government, which won the assembly polls, constituted a special investigation team headed by ADGP B. Sandhya. Ameerul Islam, who later confessed to the crime, was nabbed mid June 2016. Blood stained sandals and the murder weapon were allegedly discovered from the scene of crime. According to reports, the incident was motivated by a tiff between the accused and the victim ahead of the incident.
Govindachamy, an accused in a similar case in 2011, had escaped the noose after the Supreme Court gave him the benefit of doubt. An enraged public and the opposition had attributed the unfavourable judgement to defects in the prosecution and investigation.