The suspect behind the infamous Jisha murder case, which took place at the Kerala law student's house in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district on April 28, was nabbed by the Kerala police on Thursday, June 16. The investigative team led by ADGP B Sandhya IPS has taken Amir-Ur-Islam, a native of Assam, into custody.
Reports suggest that the migrant construction worker, aged 23, was detained from Kanchipuram, in Tamil Nadu, and was reportedly being questioned at an undisclosed location. A black rubber footwear, said to be used by the killer, appeared to be a crucial evidence in finding him. It had blood stains that has now matched with the DNA samples of Amir. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has praised the Kerala Police for nabbing the suspect. "It's like a golden feather on their cap," the CM said to the media.
What we know so far in Jisha murder case?
- Jisha was found dead at her house in Rayamangalam panchayat in Perumbavoor on April 28.
- International Business Times, India was among the first news portals to report on the brutal incident on May 2. Soon, social media users took charge and made it a trending topic with the hashtag #JusticeForJisha. However, the news hit the headlines of popular television channels and media houses only after one week of the heinous crime.
- According to the autopsy report, Jisha was attacked brutally and the victim's body bore about 30 severe injuries, and she was badly mutilated around her private parts.
- Two neighbours of the victim were detained by the investigative officers on May 3.
- Reports had it that the investigation was not heading into right direction. After Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF assumed the office on May 25, the Kerala CM deputed a new team to investigate the case of the 29-year-old student. It was then led by ADGP B Sandhya, along with a special team.
- The police then released the sketch of a 5-feet 7-inch tall man, with messy hair and fair complexion, based on the statements by Jisha's neighbours, who had spotted a man wearing yellow shirt that day. However, a small-time actor Thaslik and many others landed in trouble for resembling the sketch released by the police.
- Investigators also stated that Jisha had travelled to the nearby town Kothamangalam hours before her death. They had also spotted her in the CCTV footage from a camera installed in a shop.
- The suspect was caught from Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu after 50 days of the murder and was interrogated in an undisclosed place on June 16. Later, he was brought to Aluva Police Club at 4:45 p.m.
- A black rubber footwear, said to be used by the killer, became a crucial evidence in tracking the killer. The DNA samples found in the black sandals found near the murder spot has also matched that of the DNA of Amir. The owner of a footwear store, from where Amir bought it, has also helped the investigators in getting a lead in the case.
- According to a press release, Amir wanted to take revenge on Jisha as she had teased him after he was slapped by a woman for peeping into a river bank. He confessed of reaching Jisha's house on April 28 morning, but she had tried to beat him with her slipper. This incident provoked him and led to the murder of the law student when he was under the influence of alcohol.
- When Jisha resisted Amir's attempt to rape her, he brutally stabbed on her genitals using sharp weapons apart from causing injuries on her body.
- After attacking her, the culprit gave her alcohol when Jisha asked for water. According to the forensic report, traces of alcohol were found on the victim's body.
- Amir had fled to Assam, Bengal and Tamil Nadu soon after committing the crime.
- ADGP B Sandhya told the reporters that the suspect was arrested after the team effort of the investigators. "Arrest has been registered. Further steps need to be completed including the identification parade. We also need to find the tools the suspect had used for the murder. We request the cooperation of the media," the IPS officer said.
- The identification parade of the suspect is expected to take place on Friday. Reports suggest that Jisha's mother Rajeshwari had also said Amir's name among the people, whom she suspects as her daughter's killer.
- DGP Loknath Behra will reach Aluva police club on Thursday evening and the suspect will be presented in the court before 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
- On Thursday night, the investigators have recovered the knife he used for commiting the murder. It was found from an under-construction building, which is near to the three-storey building where he was staying.
- Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has praised the investigative officers for finding the suspect.
- Jisha's sister Deepa told media that she is happy for Kerala Police nabbing the killer. "He must be given the maximum punishment," Deepa said.
- Reports suggest that Amir was married twice.
- The suspect Amir-Ul-Islam has been remanded for 14 days under judicial custody. He has been taken to the sub-jail in Kakkanad.
- After producing at the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Perumbavoor on June 21, Amir was sent to police custody for 10 days for further investigation.
- Jisha's mother KK Rajeshwari and sister Deepa met Amir and told media that they haven't seen the migrant worker before.
- After repeated examinations, blood stains were reportedly found on the handle of a knife they had recovered three days after the crime. The knife has been sent for detailed forensic examination.
- Police unmasked Amir's face on June 30. However, he doesn't look similar to the police sketch released earlier.
- After presenting at the court on June 30, Amir has been remanded again till July 13 and was sent to Kakkanad District Jail.
Story republished at 5:25 p.m. on June 30 with more details.