30-year-old Rakhi, who was married to the main accused, was strangled and buried in a vacant plot of land.

Army man accused of strangling Kerala woman surrenders in Thiruvananthapuram
news Crime Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 09:07

Two days after the body of a 30-year-old Kerala woman was recovered from a vacant plot of land in Amboori, the police arrested the main accused in the murder. 

The Thiruvananthapuram police took into custody Akhil S Nair, an army man who had been in a relationship with the deceased Rakhi, after he surrendered at Thiruvananthapuram airport on Saturday night. With this, all three accused in the murder are in the custody of the police. Initially, third accused and neighbour of Akhil, Adarsh, had been taken into custody by the police, followed by Akhil’s brother Rahul.

According to reports, Akhil was taken into custody when he landed in Thiruvananthapuram via Delhi from Leh in Kashmir. Akhil’s father Maniyan, had informed the police that his son was coming to Thiruvananthapuram to surrender. 

On July 21, Rakhi, a 30-year old woman from Kerala who had been in a relationship with Akhil for over six years, was strangled to death him the latter in his car. Rakhi and Akhil married in secret in February 2019. Arguments occurred as Akhil wanted to abandon her and enter another marriage. This was also the reason for the accused men to murder Rakhi, according to the police. 

Rakhi's heavily decomposed body was found from a vacant plot of land next to the Akhil's residence in Amboori.

A remand report submitted to Neyyattinkara magistrate on the third accused Adarsh stated that month-long planning had gone into the murder before the accused finally met Rakhi. 

Officers of the Poovar station also confirmed to TNM that the accused persons had dug up a pit in the vacant plot of land almost a week before the murder took place. They had even kept a plastic rope ready to strangulate Rakhi in the car.

The accused persons had also attempted to mislead police investigations by fabricating evidence using Rakhi’s phone. On July 24, the accused persons took Rakhi’s SIM card, inserted it in another phone and sent a message to Akhil. The message stated that Rakhi had fallen in love with another man from Chennai and was leaving to the city. A missed call was also made to one of Rakhi’s relatives.

Read: Anatomy of a murder: How Kerala killers dug hole, strangulated woman and buried her

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