Man who chased models with 'wrongful intent' in their final hours arrested

Saiju Thankachan
Saiju Thankachan arriving for questioning at Kalamassery on Friday.

Kochi: The police on Friday registered the arrest of Saiju Thankachan, who chased the car used by models Ansi Kabeer and Anjana Shajan that met with an accident killing them.

He has been booked under charges of following the models with wrongful intent and for endangering their lives by acting rashly and negligently.

Based on a notice served to appear before the investigating officials within 24 hours, Saiju Thankachan had presented himself at the Kalamassery Metro Police Station on Friday.

The police had reportedly learned that on the night before they died, Saiju had quarrelled with them at No 18 Hotel where a DJ party was held.

In his anticipatory bail plea before the court, Saiju had denied that he had chased the vehicle which met with the accident. "When the occupants of the car who were under the influence of liquor, drove the car at a high speed, I just warned them," he said in his bail application.

Saiju who works as an interior designer in Kochi used to attend the DJ parties in the hotel regularly. CCTV visuals near the accident site revealed he had chased the model's car in an Audi car and vanished after realising that Ansi and Anjana died on the spot.

Meanwhile, the excise department has submitted a report stating that the hotel had served liquor beyond the permitted time. Further investigations would be carried out to ascertain whether narcotic drugs were used in the party.

Earlier the police had carried out an intensive search for the hard disk three days following the deposition of a hotel employee that it had been thrown into the lake. Fire and rescue service personnel and fishers were engaged.

The police also clarified that there was no mystery behind the accident and the visuals required for the case investigation have been obtained from the hotel.

However, the reason behind the destruction of hard disk is not known yet.

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