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Sub-inspector's killing: accused, wife found dead on estate

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Home Minister says police will crack down on those making firearms illegally

MALAPPURAM: Arangodan Mujeeb Rahman, 36, who escaped into the forests after allegedly killing sub-inspector P.P. Vijaya Krishnan by firing from a crude gun at Chokad, near Nilambur in Malappuram, on Sunday afternoon, and his wife Khamarunnisa were found dead in a rubber plantation at Chokad on Monday morning. The police said Mujeeb had shot himself after killing Khamarunnisa. The bodies had bullet injuries on the chest.

Their children, Mohammed Dilshad, 10, and Mohsina, five, who accompanied them into the forests, are safe.

The police, who had launched a manhunt for Mujeeb, said two country-made guns, 35 rounds of ammunition and two knives were recovered from the bodies. Earlier in the morning, Mujeeb had reportedly called his brother A. Abdurahman and asked him to take care of the children.

Vijaya Krishnan had reached the house of Mujeeb with a police team to arrest him on a non-bailable warrant issued by a family court in a case filed by one of his former wives.

The police said Mujeeb, who had married four times, was facing a case of harassment filed by his former wife Umaimath, 28, of Erumamunda, with whom he had a five-year-old child. The court had issued the arrest warrant against him eight times since March 2009 in the case. He evaded arrest on all occasions.

Cremation

Vijaya Krishnan was cremated with police honours in the compound of his house at Wandoor.

Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan visited his family.

The body was brought to the office of the Circle Inspector of Police, Wandoor, before being taken to the house.

Director-General of Police Jacob Punnoose; Additional Director-General of Police Mahesh Kumar Singla; Inspectors-General of Police B.S. Mohammed Yasin (Thrissur) and Sudheesh Kumar (Kannur); and Superintendent of Police, Malappuram, K. Sethuraman; attended the cremation.

The Home Minister said the department would crack down on those making firearms illegally. A special squad would be formed for the operation.

The Minister also said that such a gruesome incident of a police officer getting killed in the line of duty in the State had not happened in the recent past.

His family would also be provided with all other benefits from the Home Department normally given to police personnel, he said.

Regarding the case of the accused and his wife committing suicide, Mr. Balakrishnan said the police had obtained a report on the post-mortem.

The investigations would be carried out without any criticisms, he said.

The Cabinet on Monday decided to grant Rs.10 lakh to the next of kin of sub-inspector Vijaya Krishnan.

The Cabinet also decided to provide job to an eligible member of his family immediately, relaxing the norms under the dying-in-harness scheme.

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