Youth abducted and beaten to death, body thrown before Kottayam police station

KT Jomon, Shan Babu
KT Jomon, Shan Babu

Kottayam: A youth was beaten to death and his body dumped in front of a police station in Kottayam town. The dead body was found in front of the East Police station during the wee hours of Monday.

The victim has been identified as Shan Babu, 19, a native of Vimalagiri in Kotttayam. The police have arrested Kottayam native K T Jomon, who is included in the police list of notorious criminals, over the incident.

The accused allegedly had abducted Shan Babu in the night and after murdering him, he carried the body to the police station on his shoulders.

Jomon tried to escape after placing the body of Babu in front of the Kottayam East police station, which is also very close to the District Collectorate and the office of the Superintendent of Police.

However, the police managed to overpower Jomon who was allegedly under the influence of drugs.

Shan Babu was immediately rushed to a hospital by police but he was declared brought dead.

Shan's mother said she had complained to the police last night itself when her son was allegedly abducted by Jose in an autorickshaw.

But the police failed to act despite giving the entire details of the abduction, she alleged.

Kottayam East Police Station
Kottayam East Police Station

Police said Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act (KAAPA) was invoked on Jomon, a serial offender, a few months ago and banned him from entering the Kottayam district limits.

When he returned, he wanted to re-organise his gang and Shan was abducted for allegedly gathering information about the other gangs operating in the area, police said.

Condemning the incident, Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, V D Satheesan alleged that it was the latest example of the failure of the Home Department controlled by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Expressing concern over the increasing incidents of violence involving goons and organised criminal gangs in the state, Satheesan said if the same situation continues in the state, the opposition will be compelled to urge the Chief Minister to relinquish the Home portfolio and hand it over to competent persons.  

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