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Stab wounds on Arun’s body creates more questions for police in Idukki girl's murder case

The police had recovered Arun’s confessional note, which states that he would kill Reshma as she was trying to avoid him and then commit suicide, from his rented house in Rajakumari, Idukki

Adding more mystery to the Reshma’s murder incident in Idukki, police found two stab wounds on the body of Arun, who is suspected to be the culprit in the murder of 17-year-old Reshma in Idukki’s Pallivasal. While the wounds have opened up more questions, police believe that he may have been wounded during the fight with Reshma just before the murder.

Reportedly, after killing Reshma, Arun (also known as Anu) had written a confession stating that he would commit suicide after murdering the girl. Police found his body hanging from a tree near the Muthirappuzha River around 9 am on Tuesday, around 200 metres away from the Pallivasal powerhouse where Reshma’s body was found.

According to the police, on Monday, they found the confessional note, which claims that he would kill Reshma as she was trying to avoid him, from his rented house in Rajakumari in Idukki. The police conducted drone surveillance of the seven-kilometre radius trying to find his body, but the venture was a bust. Police believe that Arun may have hanged himself on Monday night and that he has been in the vicinity since the murder on Friday.

On February 19, Reshma’s family lodged a complaint with the police when the girl did not return home after school. Later, police found the girl’s body and they discovered that she was stabbed in the chest. Though she was taken to a hospital, doctors declared her brought dead. The police recovered CCTV visuals that showed a relative of hers, Arun, with her at around 4.45 pm the day she went missing. Besides, the autorickshaw men near the area informed the police that a relative was present along with the girl.

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