Kuthiravattom murder: Suspect’s arrest will be recorded after receiving medical report

The arrest of the suspect in the Kuthiravattom murder case will only be registered after receiving a medical report from the panel of doctors at the Government Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode. A 30-year-old patient was found dead at the government mental health center in Kuthiravattom on Thursday.

Although the woman accused of taking part in the incident has been charged, further legal action will only be taken on the basis of the medical report as she has undergone treatment for mental illness at the centre.

It was Friday that the Medical College Police confirmed the unnatural death of a 30-year-old Maharashtra native as murder. In the autopsy report, it was found that the victim had been strangled or suffocated to death. His body was found in the hospital cell on Thursday morning. According to police sources, the victim was seriously injured in an alleged confrontation which took place at the hospital last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Kerala State Human Rights Commission registered a suo motu case and ordered an investigation into the incident. Commission member K. Baijunath, who went to the site for inspection on Saturday, requested a report within 15 days from the district police chief (Kozhikode city) and the superintendent of the hospital.

After the interaction with the detainees and the hospital authorities, the commission member also said that the matter will be considered at the next panel session in Kozhikode on March 22. He clarified that complaints related to alleged negligence on the part of hospital authorities would be investigated.