7 deaths over 26 years, cops probe another Kerala murder mystery

This is the third incident reported in a week in Rajasthan.

The death of seven members of a family in Kerala’s Karamana village in Thiruvananthapuram, which took place over a span of 26 years is being investigated by Kerala Police after it was found that assets owned by the family may have landed in wrong hands due to forgery.

The eerie resemblance of this case to the Koodathayi murder case, where the prime accused Jolly allegedly killed six of her family members in Kozhikode, has piqued interest.

Police suspect the family’s former caretaker Raveendran Nair, who has allegedly gained control of the family property. The district crime branch has registered a case of forgery and cheating and has initiated a probe. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by DCP Mohammed Arif has been constituted.

The deaths took place in a wealthy family based at Kalady in Karamana, Thiruvananthapuram. The deceased include Gopinathan Nair, his wife Sumukhiamma and their three children Jayasree, Jayabalakrishnan and Jayaprakash along with their relatives Unnikrishnan Nair and Jayamadhavan Nair. Suspicions grew after the death of Jayamadhavan in 2017, who was the last heir to the assets.

Relatives and locals also suspect foul play behind the deaths of cousins Jayamadhavan (2017) and Jayaprakash (2012), who allegedly suffered from mental issues. The brothers Jayaprakash and Jayabalakrishnan died in 2012 and 2002 respectively. The third among the siblings, Jayasree had allegedly committed suicide in 1991. Surprisingly, all three men were unmarried.

According to The News Minute, the case came to light when Jayamadhavan’s neighbour and a journalist Anil Kumar filed a petition with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan last year stating that there was no one to inherit the family property. He alleged that Raveendran Nair has taken over the property worth ₹ 30 crore after Jayamadhavan’s death.

Prasanna Kumari, wife of one of the deceased, Unnikrishnan Nair also filed a complaint three months ago alleging that Raveendran Nair was present at the time Jayaprakash fell unconscious and took him to the hospital without informing relatives.

According to Onmanorama, Prasanna Kumari has accused not only Raveendran Nair but also 12 others. The Kerala police has charged a case against Raveendran Nair and the 12 others based on this complaint.

According to reports, soon after Jayamadhavan’s death, Raveendran Nair had handed over ₹ 25 lakh to two people, 1.5 acre of land was also seized by him. However, Raveendran Nair denied the suspicion and claimed that some within his family and outside are plotting a conspiracy against him.

The complaint that was filed last year is gaining momentum after the Koodathayi serial murder case in Kerala. DGP Loknath Behra said that the deaths and subsequent transfer of assets were shrouded in mystery.