DGP Behera offers reward for helping police nab accused in Jishnu death case

The Kerala police have constituted a special team to track down the accused in the Jishnu Pranoy death case who are still at large. The DGP also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for those who help the police arrest the absconding accused.

He has also written to his counterparts in other states seeking help.

The new team, formed by the police top brass at a meeting here on Thursday, will be headed by Crime Branch ADGP Nithin Agarwal.

State police chief Loknath Behera has directed the team to nab the accused within two weeks. The new team was constituted in the wake of a barrage of criticism following alleged police action against Jishnu’s mother Mahija and other relatives at the police headquarters compound on Wednesday.

The new team has been formed even as a special investigation team is probing the case. The teenaged student was found hanging at the hostel of Nehru College of Engineering, Pambadi, Thrissur, in January.

Jishnu’s relatives allege that the accused had physically and mentally harassed him, leading to his death. Nehru Group of Institutions chairman P. Krishnadas is the prime accused.

While Krishnadas and college PRO Sanjith Viswanathan availed themselves of anticipatory bail from the Kerala High Court, the rest of the accused ­­ vice­principal N. K. Sakthivel, internal invigilator C.P. Praveeen and faculty member Dipin ­­ are on the run.

The police had found that Jishnu was framed by the college authorities on charges of exam malpractice.

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