Mangaluru 11 May 2015: Home ministry decided to hand over the investigation of Rohit Radhakrishnan murder case to Western Range Inspector General of Police Amrit Paul from CID of Karnataka police.
Rohit, 22, a final year MBBS student of AJ Institute of Medical Sciences was found dead in bizarre circumstances at Thannirbhavi with his head severed, on 23 March 2014.
In a letter to PJ Kurien, deputy speaker of the RajyaSabha, home minister KJ George has stated that the case will be handed over to IGP-WR for investigation and assured him that the culprits will brought to books.
Initially police registered a case road accident. Two weeks later, following compliant from the parents of the student Mangalore city police converted the case of causing death (of any person) by negligence under Section 304A of IPC to that of murder Under 302 and re-started probe into the case.
City police authorities taking in to consideration the circumstances of the case sent a police head constable from Panambur police station to Patanamthitta in Kerala where parents of Rohit - M S Radhakrishnan and Sreedevi reside - and obtained a formal complaint from them. Police confirmed the receipt of the complaint in which parents have expressed doubts about death of Rohit and demanded it be treated as a case of murder.
Later, the investigation was handed over to CID and nothing concrete emerged from CID investigation. Following complaint from student’s parent Home ministry has decided to hand over the case to IGP western range.
It may be recalled that Rohit’s Ernakulam-based maternal uncle Devraj C Sathyadevan to resort to online petition using Change.Org that sustained the intensity in this case. Devraj through the petition had urged home minister KJ George for a free and fair probe in to the circumstances of the death of his nephew, which he maintained as a case of murder most foul. He even suspected involvement of professional killers in the case.