A 28-year-old man in Kerala has been found guilty of killing his wife after being bitten by a cobra in May last year.
The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Wednesday by an additional sessions court in Kollam district, which found the offense to be “rare than rare”.
The crime branch had conducted a detailed investigation after the woman’s parents, Uttara, called the police after her husband Suraj tried to gain ownership of her property, days after her death. The police had said that Sooraj wanted to get rid of Utara, take her money and gold and marry someone else.
This was Sooraj’s second attempt, after he failed in his first attempt with a venomous snake in February 2020. Both the snakes were purchased through Suresh, his snake-handling friend.
Uthara was released after being hospitalized for a month after he was bitten by a snake, but succumbed to the fatal bite of the cobra.
State DGP Anil Kant appreciated the court’s decision. He said that this is one of the rarest cases in which the accused has been found guilty on the basis of circumstantial evidence.
“It is a shining example of how scientifically and professionally a murder case was investigated and traced,” he told the media.
He congratulated the investigation team for their hard work in analyzing the forensic drug production, fiber data, animal DNA and other evidence to solve the case.
The sensational incident took place on May 7, 2020 at Aanchal in Kollam district of Kerala.
The “Serpent Bite Murder” has also caught the attention of the Supreme Court. Hearing a bail plea from Rajasthan last week in a similar case, Justice Surya Kant said, “It is a new trend that people bring poisonous snakes from snake charmers and kill a person by snake bite. It is now Rajasthan. It’s becoming more common.”