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23-year-old prime suspect held from Tamil Nadu border

The DNA samples of the accused matched the saliva and blood samples found on the woman's body

Kochi/Aluva: Signalling a breakthrough in the rape and murder case of the 30-year-old law student, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on Thursday that “the suspect” – an Assamese youth – is in police custody while police said some forensic and other evidence have shown his involvement.

The woman was raped and murdered in her house on April 28. File Pic
The woman was raped and murdered in her house on April 28. File Pic

The prime accused in the crime, according to police, is 23-year-old Amiyur ul Islam, who was picked up from Tamil Nadu near the Palakkad border two days ago. The woman was raped and murdered in late April at her home in Ernakulam district.

According to police, two vital clues turned out to be the clinching evidence for nailing the perpetrator – the footwear, which was left near the woman’s home and a photo of Islam and the woman taken at a local studio near her house. The footwear shop owner and the studio owner identified the youth even as police concluded, from the evidence, that the crime was committed by someone who knew the woman.

Islam had taken part in the construction of the woman’s home and they were in touch and had some verbal duel over the construction. According to the information, the Assamese youth had come to her home on the morning of April 28 and they had a fight. He came again in the afternoon when he was drunk and committed the crime.

Police zeroed in on Islam after his DNA samples, checked against saliva and blood samples found on the woman’s body, matched when the results came in Thursday.

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