India Kochi: Chase by Audi driver caused accident that led to death of Kerala models: Kochi Police
Kochi: As probe continues into the death case of the two models who died in Kochi, city Police commissioner CH Nagaraju said that the
Audi driver, Saiju Thankachan,
chased the models with ill-intent, causing their accident.
Saiju Thankachan chasing the models in his car was the reason behind their accident and led to their death, CH Nagaraju added.
Miss South India 2021 Ansi Kabeer, who was crowned Miss Kerala in 2019, and the runner-up in the competition that year Anjana Shajahan had
died in a road accident in Kochi's Vyttilla
after their car hit a divider. Saiju Thankachan allegedly chased the models on the night of their death in his Audi car.
The Kochi Police chief added that Saiju is a drug addict.
"Saiju has exploited many women in the past. If they file complaints, we will take action. The possibility of suo motto (cognizance) is also being looked at. There are many charges that can be levelled against him. Saiju chased the models with ill intent, eventually causing their accident," CH Nagaraju said.
Sajju reportedly chased the models with the intent of making them to stay in Kochi for the night.
Meanwhile, Saiju claimed that he followed the models to ask the one on the wheel, Abdul Rehman, to not drive.
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Saiju's Audi car was seized by the police last month. Condoms and some medicines were reportedly found inside the car.
Apart from this, the police allegedly recovered several pictures of girls on his phone and pictures showing drug use as well.
"We have identified his connection to drug peddlers and these contacts of his are also being questioned," police said.
Sajju's bail plea was opposed by the prosecution on the grounds that unlike in the case of the
owner of No 18 Hotel Roy Vayalat,
Saiju chased the cars with the knowledge that the driver was drunk. This is liable for the offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, the prosecution argued,
The court denied bail to Sajju and remanded him to judicial custody. The prosecution pleaded for police custody, which was granted till November 30.
Remand report also pins Saiju Thankachan as the cause of accident. The report claims that Abdul Rehman increased speed of the vehicle in an attempt to save the models from Saiju.
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