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Six held on charges of murder

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, JAN. 12 . The police today arrested six persons in connection with the murder of Sudheesh (29) of Thekkumthala House, Elamakkara, Kaloor.

The badly-bruised body of Sudheesh was found dumped in a room at the SRM Chicken Centre on SRM Road, Ernakulam, last Monday. He had been reported missing since January 4, after he was forcibly taken away from near the railway crossing at Pachalam.

Those held today are the prime suspects, the police said. They were identified as `Kozhi' Aziz (33), who was running the chicken centre, and five of his accomplices -- Shamier (20) of Manappatiparamba Colony, Kaloor, Shiju (27) of Vezhapilly, SRM Road, Mubarak (30) of Sastha Temple Road, Kaloor; Vincent (27) of Thondiparambil, Judges Avenue, Kaloor, and his brother, Jineesh (19). Personal rivalry is said to be the reason for the attack. The victim was working as a car driver in a travel agency run by Aziz.

Addressing newspersons here this afternoon, the City Police Commissioner, Vinod Thomas, said four persons were taken into custody from a rented house in Coimbatore. Seven criminal cases were pending against Aziz in the Ernakulam North police station, he said. Three persons - Anzar (19) of Aluva, Unesh (19) of Mulavukad and Jerome (27) of Mamangalam, were yet to be arrested, he said.

An inquiry is on against two policemen from the Ernakulam North police station and a policeman in the City Traffic Station who are said to have had close links with Aziz. The ACP, District Special Branch, A.V. George, is conducting the probe, he said.

Mr. Vinod sought information from the public about finance companies and about those who engaged criminals to collect dues. "Use of anti-social elements cannot be justified for any activity," he said.

Meanwhile, the police are conducting investigations into the death of a person whose mutilated body was found burning in a rubber plantation at Arakunnam, near Mulanthuruthy, on Sunday. The identity of the victim is yet to be established, the police said.

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