Kerala woman cop hacked; set on fire

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16 Jun 2019

Kerala: Woman police officer hacked, burnt alive by colleague

In a tragic incident, a woman civil police officer was hacked and later set on fire by her colleague in broad daylight in the Alappuzha district of Kerala.

Reportedly, the police officer, identified as Soumya Pushpakaran (37) died on the spot. The incident took place as the police officer was returning home on Saturday.

Here are more details about the incident.

Incident

Pushpakaran tried to flee, but was attacked with machete

Pushpakaran tried to flee, but was attacked with machete

The attack took place on Saturday afternoon as Pushpakaran, who worked at the Vallikkunnam police station, was returning from overseeing a Student Police Cadet (SPC) test, The Indian Express reports.

Ajas, a police officer of Aluva traffic station, rammed her scooty with a car. Pushpakaran tried to flee, but Ajas chased her and hacked her with a machete, Alappuzha police chief KM Tomy said.

Other details

Attacker also sustained injuries; admitted to ICU

The incident took place near Pushpakaran's home, about 2km away from the Vallikkunnam station.

According to The Times of India, Pushpakaran ran to a neighbor's house, but Ajas poured petrol over her and set her ablaze with a cigarette lighter.

As Pushpakaran tried fighting off the attacker, the latter also sustained 40% burn injuries and is currently in ICU at Alappuzha Medical College Hospital.

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Motive

Motive unknown; investigating officer hints Ajas was jilted lover

Motive unknown; investigating officer hints Ajas was jilted lover

Although a case of murder has been registered at the Vallikkunnam police station, the motive remains unknown.

Speaking of Ajas's condition, Tomy told TIE, "He couldn't speak very well as there's some issue with his tongue. Doctors have told us that his condition isn't good."

However, an investigating officer told TOI that Ajas was forcing Pushpakaran to stay with him, but she refused.

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Pushpakaran first met Ajas during training at Police Academy

A friend of Pushpakaran told TOI, "Soumya, a graduate, was selected to Kerala Police and joined the 11th batch of women civil police officers at Kerala Police Academy, Thrissur on June 16, 2014. She completed her training in March 2015."

They added that Ajas trained them for 2-3 months during their last session at the Academy. "Their friendship started during this training."

Pushpakaran survived by husband, three kids

Reportedly, this is the third case where a woman was burnt alive in public in Kerala in the past four months. Pushpakaran is survived by her husband, Sanjeev, who works in the Gulf, and her three children: Rishikesh, Adhisesh, and Ridhika.

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Where did this incident take place?

Asked 2019-06-16 12:14:31 by Anonymous

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The incident took place near the Vallikunnam police station, in Kerala's Alappuzha district.

Has the attacker been arrested?

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The attacker, NA Ajas, also sustained injuries during the attack and is in critical condition. He's in the ICU at Alappuzha Medical College Hospital.

Has a case been registered?

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Yes, a case of murder has been registered at the Vallikkunnam police station.

Why did Ajas attack the woman?

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Although a motive behind murder has not been established yet since due to Ajas's condition, the police cannot speak to him, however, an investigating officer said that he was a jilted lover and attacked Soumya Pushpakaran because she rejected his advances.

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