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Alleged ‘Honor killing’ in Kerala; Missing newly married man found dead at Punalur, police suspect murder

Kevin(L) and Anish(R)

Kottayam: In a most cruel act and what is to be believed as a case of honor killing, a newlywed man Kevin P Joseph, a resident of SH Mount in Kottayam who was abducted just a day after his marriage, was found dead at Chaliyekara in Punalur.

The body of the 26-year-old man was found by locals early Monday morning at Chaliyakkara stream, 20 km away from Thenmala.

Police suspect it to be a case of murder.

Kevin went missing immediately after his wedding and it is alleged that the girl’s relatives had abducted him along with his cousin brother Anish (31) on Sunday morning.

The abductors thrashed Anish severely and left him on the way. Anish, who suffered severe injuries on his face in the attack, has been admitted to the medical college hospital.

Though a complaint was lodged with the police by Kevin’s wife Neenu (20), it is alleged that there were lapses on the part of the police.

Neenu said her brother and his gang had abducted her husband.

Kevin had met Neenu as she pursued a course in a Kottayam college.

The two of them registered their marriage on Friday at a sub-registrar office as the family of the girl had fiercely objected to their marriage and threatened them against it.

Neenu’s family later registered a complaint with the police stating that she had gone missing.

Though the police summoned the two, Kevin and Anish left the girl back at her hostel as she confirmed that she likes to go with Kevin.

Thereafter, the armed gang, which arrived in three vehicles, reached Kottayam and vandalised Kevin’s house and forcibly took away the bridegroom and Anish, a native of Kalambukattuchira at Mannanam, Kottayam.

Though the police contacted the gang over phone, they got the reply that Kevin had jumped out of the car and escaped at Pathanapuram.

Meanwhile, the police commenced the search for Kevin as well as the gang, until the tragic news was reported on Monday morning.

 

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