Following the death of the 18 year old girl from Kochi, social media flooded with the messages and posts asking the authorities the reason behind her mysterious death and forcing the police force to look in to the death with the same energy they showed on the abduction case of the popular actress. along with trending the hashtag, #JusticeforMishel.
Mishel, an aspiring Chartered Accountant who was residing in a hostel in Kacheripady, Kochi was last seen alive exiting the St Antony’s Shrine in Kaloor in the CCTV footages, on the evening of 5 March. The next day, she was found dead in the waters near the Kochi Wharf.
The Kochi police began the probe into the death with the interrogation of a 26-year-old man named Cronin, who was allegedly repeatedly calling Mishel and compelling her to enter into a relationship with him.
The police, initially believed that Mishel killed herself because she was depressed about being compelled by Cronin to enter into a relationship she did not want, the alleged accused was tracked from the call list in Mishel’s phone.
Cronin, a Piravam native, currently residing in Chhattisgarh, works as a junior general manager in a private firm, Circle Inspector Ananthalal of the Ernakulam Central Station, After police tracked down his number, they contacted him and summoned him to Kochi, where he is currently being interrogated to know his interaction with Mishel.
Though investigations were advancing, Mishel’s family strongly believes that their daughter will not suicide. and are not convinced by the death version provided by the police.
Mishel was a strong and smart young woman, she would never commit suicideShaji, Mishel’s father
He has been repeatedly demanding a better probe into the case, particularly into the identity of two men who are seen on a motorbike in the CCTV footage from the St Antony’s Shrine.
Shaji adds that he suspects the two men on the motorbike who were seen following Mishel in the CCTV footage though police asserted that there were no evidences to prove this suspicion. With this version of the police, protests began to launch online and in Kochi demanding justice for Mishel.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced in the Assembly that the case would be investigated by the Crime Branch. On Monday morning these protests were discussed in the Assembly, when Opposition MLA Anoop Jacob sought permission to move an adjournment motion.
However, the Opposition claimed that a Crime Branch investigation would be insufficient and demanded a special investigation team be formed to conduct the investigation. With the CM announcing a Crime Branch investigation, the Speaker denied permission for an adjournment motion. The Opposition then walked out of the Assembly.