90 days after the arrest of the accused Ameerul Islam, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Kerala police on Saturday filed the chargesheet in the Jisha murder case (that rocked Kerala in April 2016) before the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court. This was reportedly done to prevent the accused from availing statutory bail in the case.
The chargesheet that runs into more than 1500 pages has named a staggering 195 persons as witnesses in the case. The police collected almost 125 documents alongwith 75 material evidence apart from conducting six scientific tests as proof of guilt of the accused.
In the SP's press meet held at Ernakulam, Unnirajan told reporters that the police were convinced that Ameerul acted alone and that he had trespassed into Jisha's house in a drunken state. He termed the investigation as one that has successfully completed its first stage.
The SP clarified that the CCTV footage of a girl walking along with a person in a yellow shirt could not be conclusively identified as that of Jisha. This had triggered of a huge controversy back then, he added. “As assumed earlier, Jisha did not go out to have food, but had eaten at home” he said.
Unnirajan described the accused as someone who was a sexual deviant. The murder weapon that had earlier been recovered bore the victim’s DNA traces, he told the gathered media.
Unnirajan also told reporters that the accused was charged of murder, rape, forced entry, destruction of evidence among a host of charges levied against the accused.