A day after the Special Investigation Team submitted chargesheet in the Jisha rape and murder case, family of the accused in the case has named a friend of his as being responsible for the crime.
Speaking to the media, Badar-ul-Islam brother of the accused Ameerul-Islam said that a friend of his brother had committed the crime.
According to reports, the police on Saturday named Ameerul as the sole accused in the case. He has been arraigned under Sections 449, 376 and 302 of the IPC, Section 3(2)(V)of SC/ST (PA)Act 1989 and Section 3 (1) (w)(I and II) SC/ST (POA) Amendment act 2015.
30-year-old Jisha was raped and brutally murdered on April 28 at her residence in Perumbavoor.
â€śAmeerul told me that his friend killed Jisha and that he did not have any part in it. Ameerul did not even know her. This friend had issues with Jishaâ€™s mother and took Ameerul along with him to Jishaâ€™s house. They were both under the influence of alcohol,â€ť Badar told the media.
Badar, who now works as a labourer in Perumbavoor, reiterated that his brother had told him many times that he was innocent.
However, Ernakulam Rural SP Unnirajan told The News Minute that Badar had never mentioned this during the course of the investigation. Badar was taken into custody by the police for allegedly helping Ameer flee Perumbavoor after committing the crime.
"Ameer had once named this friend of his as being responsible for the crime. But during our investigation, we found that this friend had left Perumbavoor many months before the crime took place," Unnirajan said.
He added that it was only natural for the accused's family to try every method possible to save the accused.
Meanwhile, Jisha's mother Rajeshwari told Asianet News that neither did they know Ameerul before nor did the accused have any reason to take revenge on the family.
"It is Ameerul who killed my daughter. Police investigation and DNA reports have confirmed that. Now I need to know why he killed Jisha," Rajeswari said.