Appunny was part of a four-member gang which killed Rajesh at his studio near Thiruvananthapuram.

One more accused arrested in murder of former Kerala radio jockey Rajesh
news Crime Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 17:30

Another key accused in the murder of former radio jockey Rajesh was arrested from Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, police said as per a report in Manorama News

Appunny is believed to be an aide of Alibhai and was part of a four-member gang which killed Rajesh at his studio near Thiruvananthapuram.

He had gone into hiding and was in Chennai for the past two weeks, the report says. 

Last week, the police arrested gang leader Alibhai, a resident of Alappuzha district, upon his arrival from Qatar at the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.

The main accused in the case Salih Bin Jalal, also known as Alibhai, was arrested from the Thiruvananthapuram airport by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by the Kilimanoor Circle Inspector Pradeep Kumar.     

The CI told TNM that Salih was one of the three people who hacked Rajesh to death on March 27 in the wee hours of the morning. A fourth member, who was part of the team that attacked the former radio jockey, waited in the car while the crime took place.

Abdul Sathar, an NRI businessman, is the second accused in the case.

According to the investigating team, Abdul Sathar hired contract killers to hack Rajesh to death. They believe that Rajesh had an affair with Abdul Sathar's wife, a dancer based in Qatar. This alleged relationship is said to be the motive behind the crime.

On April 2, the SIT had identified the three killers involved in the murder but had stated that the key accused had fled abroad. 

Rajesh, a former radio jockey at an FM station, was hacked to death at his studio at Madavoor on the intervening night of March 26 and March 27 after he had performed at a local show near his village.

Police said four men had arrived at the spot in a red car for the "planned murder".

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