With the police failing to identify the culprits who raped and brutally murdered a 30-year-old Dalit woman at her residence in Kerala even five days after the incident, the opposition attacked the state government for 'inaction' in the case.
Police said Ernakulam Range IG Mahipal Yadav is supervising the probe by a team of officials, headed by Perumbavoor Dy SP after it was reported that 30-year-old Jisha was subjected to rape and fatal assault at her small wayside home in Kuruppampadi police limit.
Jisha was found dead in a pool of blood at 8 PM by her mentally challenged mother when she reached her single-room house after her daily menial job.
"It was a brutal murder. There were stab injuries on her body. We suspect she was subjected to smothering and strangulation," Yadav said.
He, however, refused to share details about the investigation.
Police said whether the woman was subjected to sexual assault before or after the murder would be clear only from the postmortem report.
The perpetrator could have been inside the house for a long time considering the number of wounds and the manner in which the victim was assaulted, her friends told India Today.
Meanwhile, with the state assembly polls approaching fast, the CPI-M latched onto the murder which occurred on April 28 to accuse the Congress-led UDF government.
"Police have failed to get any lead about the culprits even five days after the incident," CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said in Thiruvananthapuram.
Rejecting the charge, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said a "scientific" probe was being conducted into the incident and asserted that the culprits would be brought to book.
(With PTI inputs)
Contact HuffPost India
Also See On HuffPost: