Mukkom double murder case: A year later and Crime Branch yet to file chargesheet
A year has passed since the arrest of Birju in the Mukkom double murder case, and the Crime Branch is yet to submit a chargesheet on the matter. The police cited the Covid-19 pandemic as a reason for the delay in filing, and due to the delay, Birju had obtained a natural bail in the case. Moreover, with the Covid concession, Birju has been a free man for over six months.
Birju is accused of having murdered his mother Jayavalli in 2016 with the help of his friend Ismail, who Birju killed in 2017. The Crime Branch is trying to file the chargesheet on the Jayavalli first so that it can strengthen their argument in the Ismail case as they go forward with the trials. The officials have informed that they would submit the chargesheet next week since they still have to deal with chemical residue analysis and more evidence collection.
Birju and his mother Jayavalli had settled in West Manassery following his father’s death and thanks to a large family property, they were able to live as they saw fit. However, being a spendthrift, Birju sold and spent away all his shares and demanded more from his mother. His mother refused to give more and he hatched a plan to remove her from the equation with the help of his friend Ismail. In 2016, Birju strangled his mother and hung her making it look like a suicide. In 2017, Birju murdered Ismail, as the latter was reportedly blackmailing Birju for money, and cut his body into small pieces, filled them up in gunny bags, and dumped them across town.
The police investigation begins from discovering Ismail’s body parts in 2017, from which they reached Ismail’s previous workplaces and learnt about a particular ‘Achayan’. Since some of the body parts were discovered in Mukkom, the Crime Branch focussed their attention to the area, following which they learnt that the man named Achayan owes Ismail Rs 2 Lakh for murdering someone over a property dispute. The police then followed the unnatural deaths in the area leading them to Jayavalli’s suicide, which had already garnered its fair share of suspicion by then.
Reportedly, her son had sold the land and moved away following Jayavalli’s death. The police began to look into the matter as well as this elusive ‘Achayan’. After further inspection, they learnt that Birju and Achayan are the same, as Birju married a Christian woman who called him ‘achayan’. The officials would trace Birju to Neelgiri after ascertaining his relation with Ismail and the alleged financial transaction between them. They would catch him soon after, and Birju would confess to both crimes during interrogation.