When crimes committed during a drunken stupor are on a high, Kerala govt to increase liquor prices

Murders committed in an inebriated state seem to be on a high lately in Kerala
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A mother, who was assaulted by her son, died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital Mathil. Thankamani, of Kurippuzha in Thrikkadavoor had lodged a complaint two weeks ago with the Anchalumoodu police claiming that her son Udayan, was constantly beating her in a drunken stupor. Udayan was taken into police custody and remanded. After a week of treatment, Thankamani, who returned home on Tuesday, felt unwell at night and her relatives rushed her to the hospital. She however, passed away on Wednesday. Further charges against Udayan will be considered based on the post mortem report. The body, which is in the Paripally Medical College Hospital Mortuary, will be handed over to relatives on Friday.

Alcohol related violence, although not new, seem to be on a high these days.

In May 2020, close on the heels of liquor sales being allowed after a hiatus during the lockdown period, as many as three murder cases were committed under the influence of alcohol. While in Malappuram, a father who reprimanded his son for drinking alcohol was assaulted by the latter, a mother was decapitated in Kottayam by her drunken son. A drunken brawl turned fatal when an auto bludgeoned his friend to death in Thiruvananthapuram.

In October 2020, a 63-year-old man was killed by his son in an inebriated state at Cherannullur in Ernakulam. According to the police, Bharathan and his son Unnikrishnan often fought with each other after having a drink or two. In one such incident, they attacked each other using machetes. While the son was hospitalised, Bharatan succumbed to his injuries.

On December 27, 2020, Shibu was arrested by the Aruvikkara Police for murdering his mother Nandini in an inebriated state. A former solider, Shibu, who suffers from mental illness, would often beat his mother under the influence of alcohol.

The mother and son had reportedly gotten into a verbal tussle, when in a fit of rage, Shibu assaulted his 72-year-old mother killing her on the spot.

On December 30, Mahesh, a caterer was arrested by the Trippunithura Hill Palace police for allegedly murdering his employee in a drunken brawl.

Mahesh, who runs Gayathri Caterers near Government Arts College in Trippunithura apparently got furious when Santhosh drank the liquor he had bought. He allegedly pushed Santhosh from the first floor of the building. Police state that there were bruises all over Santhosh’s body which indicate that Santhosh was assaulted before his death.

Also in December, 2020, Rasaq, a native of Edava, was arrested after a video of him brutally beating and stamping his mother in an intoxicated state went viral on social media.

Recently, Rajappan (60), was found dead in house at Karukon in Anchal. His son Satheesan was arrested for the crime. Apparently Satheesan had broken into the house while Rajappan and his wife Vilasini were at work. The couple on returning home discovered Satheesan in a drunken state with his friends. When questioned, the two were assaulted by Satheesan and his friends. Vilasini was admitted to the Punalur Taluk Hospital.

At a time, when crimes committed in a drunken fit are on a high, the Kerala Government has announced a hike in liquor prices from February 1. The price of liquor will increase by Rs 50 to Rs 100 in proportion to the quantity.

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