Policeman shot dead by fugitive in Kerala

The shocking incident happened at Padayanthal within the Kalikkavu police station limits in Nilambur in Malappuram district on Sunday afternoon.

According to sources, a four-member police team led by Sub-Inspector Vijaykrishnan, 53, had gone to the house of Mujeeb Rehman to execute an arrest warrant issued by a local court as the latter had been evading a summons for some time.

The case related to a complaint filed by his fourth wife Umaiba against dowry harassment. Rehman refused to open the door when the policemen reached his house.  It was when Krishnan threatened to break open the door that Rehman escaped through the backdoor into the forest along with his wife, son and infant daughter.

According to reports, an unsuspecting Krishnan chased Mujeeb who took out a gun and began to shoot. Two bullets hit Krishnan’s body, one in the neck and other in his chest. Krishnan was rushed to Nilambur Takuk hospital where he was declared dead.

Police have launched a manhunt for the accused who incidentally knows the forest very well. The incident has shocked police and the public alike as it is believed to be the first of its kind in the state.

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