Mumbai police reach Kannur as part of probe in rape case

A two-member team of officials of Mumbai police have reached Kannur, seeking cooperation of their Kerala counterparts in the probe of a case of rape and cheating against Binoy Kodiyeri, elder son of Kerala CPI(M) state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

The two police personnel-- Sub Inspector Vinayak Jadav and Dayanand Pawar met Kannur Superintendent of Police, Prateesh Kumar and held discussions.

Jadav later told media personnel that they had not been able to get in touch with Binoy Kodiyeri as his phone was switched off.

The case was filed on the basis of a complaint from a 33-year-old woman from Bihar, a former bar dancer, who has alleged that Binoy sexually assaulted her promising marriage and that she has an eight year old son from him.

"We are investigating the case thoroughly and also verifying claims made by the victim in her complaint," said Shailesh Pasalwad, Senior Police Inspector of Oshiwara Police Station, where the case has been registered.

Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan declined to respond to queries from reporters on the case against Binoy's son.