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Mysterious deaths of six in a family: Couple and aide arrested


Kozhikode: The police, probing the mysterious deaths of six people in a family at Koodathayi, arrested three including a couple, who are close relatives of the deceased. A kin of the couple who allegedly supplied cyanide used to poison the dead is also under arrest.

The police arrested Jolly Thomas, wife of Roy Thomas who died in 2011. Jolly’s second huband and Roy’s cousin Shaju Skaria was also arrrested on Saturday. Arrest was recorded after taking them into custody for questioning that started two days ago.

The deaths occurred in the family of retired government official Tom Thomas between 2002 to 2016.

The first to die was his wife, retired teacher Annamma in 2002, followed by Thomas in 2008. Then in 2011, their son Roy died, followed by the death of his maternal uncle Mathew in 2014.

Then the next year, the two-year-old child of Sily, a relative by marriage of the family, died and in 2016, Sily also passed away.

Sily was wife of Shaju, who married Jolly Thomas in February 2017.

The police began the probe after Rojo, the son of the couple and settled in the US, filed a complaint.

According to the police, the exhumation was done after finding the death of Roy was caused due to poisoning and the police probe team, after questioning a few suspects, decided to conduct a detailed probe into the other deaths by taking out the bodies.

The police have now asked a few people who have been questioned to make themselves available at any time they are asked to be present.

The police also have noticed that there were a few property deals that took place in the family, which was one of the reasons for Rojo to file a complaint with the police.

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