26-Sep-2017
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Crime Branch takes over probe into Michelle Shaji’s death

Thiruvananthapuram March 16: Crime Branch has taken over the investigation into the mysterious death of Michelle Shaji, an 18-year old girl pursuing Chartered Accountancy in Kochi.
 
Probing official, P K Madhu SP, while talking to the media on Wednesday, said that the team would examine all the angles of the case.
 
Meanwhile, the girl’s parents met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here seeking a comprehensive probe into the death of their daughter. Michelle’s father later told media that he does not believe that his daughter committed suicide.
 
He was accompanied by Anoop Jacob MLA and Johnny Nellore, Chairman of the Kerala Congress (Jacob).  
The Stat government had on Monday announced a Crime Branch police probe into the incident. 
 
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made the announcement in the state assembly even as Congress-led UDF opposition staged a walk out alleging police inaction and demanding action against "erring" investigators.
 
The body of the girl was found in the backwaters near Ernakulam wharf last week and the family has said she died under mysterious circumstances as there was no possibility of her committing suicide.