IG Sreejith of the Crime Branch has been handed over the responsibility to lead the special investigating team, which is probing the death of 32-year-old Sanal Kumar, who was pushed to death by former Neyyatinkara DySP B Harikumar. The decision to hand over the responsibility to IG Sreejith was taken based on the orders by the State Police Chief, Loknath Behera, said a press release by the Police information centre on Sunday.
This comes days after Sanal's wife Viji had written to the Kerala High court expressing her displeasure over the pace at which the investigation, led by Crime branch SP Antony KM, was going. Sanal’s family had requested the government to hand over the case to a more responsible IPS officer. There has been a huge public outcry regarding the delay in arresting Harikumar.
Sanal, who was an electrician from Neyyattinkara, died on Monday night after he was hit by a car during a brawl with Harikumar over their parked cars. According to witnesses, Harikumar pushed Sanal on the road, after which a vehicle hit him.
The DySP was suspended following the incident and a case has been registered against him under IPC Section 302 (punishment for murder).
“During the last four to five days, the investigation officer of the case has been changed three times. First, we heard that P Ashok Kumar, the District Police Chief of Thiruvananthapuram Rural, was in charge of the case. Then we came to know that the case is being handed over to the Nedumangad ASP, and now we are told that the Crime Branch is handling the case,” said Vishnupuram, the president of the Sanal Kumar Action Council in a protest meeting outside the DySP office in Neyyattinkara on Friday. He went on to say that all of this is a part of a larger plan to delay the arrest of DySP, who is the main accused in the case.