The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Kakkanad has extended the police custody of Sanu Mohan, the accused in the Vaiga murder for another four days. The court, however, dismissed the request by the Mumbai police to register Sanu’s arrest in a financial fraud case. The court instead directed them to file an application for custody.
According to reports, Sanu’s constant change of statements is confusing the police. The police, as a result, will seek the help of a psychologist during interrogation. Police will be collecting evidence from a bakery, where Sanu stopped for food and from three houses, including that of his wife, Remya’s, sister.
According to the police, Sanu spiked Vaiga’s drink at their apartment in Kochi. The police claim that Sanu attempted to kill Vaiga after spiking her Cola with excessive alcohol.
Vaiga was found dead in Muttar river in Kochi on March 22. 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. He confessed that he killed her in their flat in Kochi and later dumped the body in the Muttar river. According to the police, Sanu was in a self indulgent mode after he murdered his daughter and that his claims of attempting suicide after killing his child, is false. “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 on April 22. The team discovered a liquor bottle and parts of a Beverages Corporation’s sticker in the car.
During an interrogation, Sanu said he bought Al-Faham and Coco Cola for Vaiga from Aroor while returning from his relative’s house in Alappuzha. Although Sanu denies doing so, police suspect Sanu of mixing alcohol into the Cola and hence the trace of it in Vaiga’s blood. According to Sanu, Vaiga was not opposed to dying. “Vaiga did not oppose when I told her we should die. She asked, “what will Amma do?” I made her sit on the sofa and draped her in a lungi. She jumped when she felt suffocated. I used force and after 10 minutes, she was lifeless.”