Nilambur: Nilambur First Class Judicial Magistrate court on Thursday sent the accused duo in the murder of a woman cleaner at the Congress office here to seven-day police custody.
The court asked the police to produce K.M. Biju, aka Biju Nair, 38, and K. Shamsudheen aka Shamsu, 29 back at the court at 11 am on February 19.
The decomposed body of the 49-year-old victim, Radha, who was said to be missing since February 5, was found in a gunny bag in the grama panchayat pond at Unnikulam, near Pookkottupadam, on Sunday. The body was recognised by her relatives on Monday.
The police arrested Biju, secretary, Nilambur Congress block office and also the additional personal assistant to Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed, and his accomplice Shamsu on Tuesday.
A post-mortem examination carried out at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Kozhikode Government Medical College Hospital, indicated that the victim had died of asphyxia and that she had been sexually assaulted.
Thrissur Range Inspector General of Police (IGP) S. Gopinath, who leads the newly constituted probing team, however, did not confirm the rape-charge. “The investigation is progressing. As of now, the accused have not been charged with rape. We are awaiting the results of forensic and chemical analysis. The accused have not confessed to raping the woman. However, the preliminary details of the post-mortem examination report revealed that the private parts of the victim had been badly damaged,” he told reporters.