Crime Branch to probe Neyyattinkara couple's death

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Friday handed over investigation of the recent self- immolation incident of a poor couple amidst their attempt to thwart an eviction drive in Thiruvananthapuram, which had triggered widespread criticism against local police.

State DGP Loknath Behera gave necessary instructions to the Crime Branch in this regard, official sources said.

The couple- Rajan (47) and his wife Ambili (40), natives of Nellimoodu at nearby Neyyattinkara- succumbed to burns at the government medical college hospital after they sustained multiple organ failure on Monday.

Soon after their death, the DGP had asked Thiruvananthapuram Rural SP, B. Ashok Kumar to probe the immolation incident and submit a report in the wake of the widespread complaints against police raised by the deceased couple''s sons and other family members.

Based on his report, the probe was handed over to the Crime Branch, sources added.

The state government on Thursday had decided to provide land, house and financial help of Rs five lakh each to Rahul and Ranjith, the teenage sons of the couple. Asianet Online