Kottayam : Despite the accused maintaining that Kevin Joseph fled from the gang and met his death, police have charged all those arrested with murder.
The police report on the case includes charges of murder, criminal conspiracy, forced into the victim’s house, damaging property and physical assault.
The probe team believes the gang’s insistence that Kevin ran away from them and died is based on legal advice from their lawyer.
It is widely believed that Kevin was thrashed, incapacitated and thrown into the stream to die. Police report states Kevin was chased by his pursuers to the water in which his lifeless body was found the following day.
Anish, Kevin’s relative who was abducted along with him, told media earlier that Kevin had passed out and the gang laid him onto the road in the area where his body later surfaced in the stream.
Meanwhile, Kevin’s brother-in-law Shanu, father-in-law Chacko together with Niyas Mon, Ishan, Reyas, Shefin and Nishad, ASI Biju and police driver Ajaykumar were all produced in the court and continue to be grilled.
The Accused, Their Roles
First Accused : Shanu Chacko, 26, Neenu’s brother who hired and led the gang.
Second Accused : Niyas Mon aka Chinnu, 23, led the assault
Third Accused :Ishan, 20, drove Shanu’s car
Fourth Accused : Reyas, 26, Neenu’s son and part of the gang.
Fifth Accused : Chacko John, 50, Neenu’s father and main plotter.
Sixth Accused : Manu Muralidharan, accomplice
Seventh Accused : Shefin, 27, part of the gang
Eighth Accused : Nishad, 24, part of the gang
Ninth Accused : Titu Jerome, 24, drove the vehicle in which Kevin was abducted.
Neenu’s Mother : Rehna Beevi
Cousins : Rameez, Fasal, Shanu, Shinu