Sanu Mohan, who was taken into custody for the murder of his 11-year-old daughter Vaiga, was on a self-indulgent mode after killing his daughter whose body was recovered under mysterious circumstances from the Muttar river near Manjummel on March 22. “Apart from spending time watching a movie at Bengaluru, he was on a spending spree, a major part of which was at a bar and gambling dens. The death of his dear daughter didn’t stop him from leading a lavish life. He wasn’t worried at all,” said Thrikkakara SI Shameer Khan P A, who, along with another officer, brought Sanu to Kochi from Karwar, where he was arrested.
A probe team recovered Sanu’s car which was sold in Coimbatore and Vaiga’s ornaments today. The team is continuing with evidence collection along with Sanu. The evidence collection started at the Walayar toll from where the police received the CCTV footage of his car. Sanu will be taken to Karnataka and Goa - the places he visited after the murder of his daughter. “We have to find evidence for all the statements that he made during the interrogation,” said an officer. The probe team, which is trying to trace the phone which he abandoned, will be recording the statement of Sanu’s wife, Ramya.
Meanwhile, DNA test results confirm that the bloodstain found in Sanu’s apartment in Kangarappadi belongs to Vaiga. During interrogation, Sanu confessed to strangulating Vaiga.
More than three weeks after Vaiga was found dead in river Muttar, Kochi on March 23, her father, Sanu Mohan, who went missing on March 20, was caught by the police in Karnataka on April 18.
Thirteen-year-old Vaiga’s body was found in the river, a day after she had gone missing with her father. While the preliminary post mortem examination reported drowning as the cause of the girl’s death, a forensic visceral examination later found alcohol content in the young girl’s body. There no injuries or signs of assault on the body.
The police cracked the case after recovering a CCTV footage of Sanu at a hotel and other places in Mookambika.
Mohan was based in Pune before settling down at Thrikkakara five and a half years ago. Mohan, who is said to have been neck deep in financial problems, was last seen when he left with his daughter in his car from their apartment at Thrikkakara on March 20. The mystery behind Vaiga’s death intensified, and Mohan’s role behind the death was suspected, when police discovered CCTV footage of Mohan crossing the Walayar check post on March 21. According to Sanu, he feared no one would look after his daughter after he died. He claimed his wife would not look after her. Sanu, who is neck deep in financial problems, is said to have planned to kill himself after killing Vaiga. He however developed cold feet after dumping her body in Muttar river.