Kerala college student murder: Accused was stalking victim for 1 month, probe to expand to Bihar

In the Kerala college student murder case, it has now been found that the accused was stalking the victim for about a month. Additionally, the police suspect that he may have got the pistol he used from Bihar. The investigation is underway.


A 24-year-old dental college student named Manasa was allegedly shot dead by a man in the Kothamangalam region of Kerala’s Ernakulam on Friday. Reportedly, the suspect, named Rakhil, later died by suicide using the same firearm. On Sunday, the victim’s body was cremated in Kannur.

Manasa was pursuing her internship at Indira Gandhi Dental College in Kothamangalam. She lived at a paying-guest facility, 100 metres away from the college, along with few of her batchmates. On Friday afternoon, 31-year-old Rakhil reached her house. A heated argument between the two ensued, and then he allegedly shot her on the face and chest with a pistol. He then reportedly shot himself. Both of them were declared ‘brought dead’ at the hospital.


According to the police, Manasa and Rakhil had known each other for about two years. Recently, Manasa distanced herself from Rakhil due to a change in his behaviour. However, Rakhil continued to approach Manasa on social media.

In May this year, she informed her family about the issue. Subsequently, it was escalated to the Kannur Deputy Superintendent of Police. The officer called for a meeting with both the families to discuss the issue. At the meeting, Rakhil was warned not to disturb Manasa any further and he obliged. Based on this assurance, Manasa’s family did not take any further legal action.

However, at the beginning of July, Rakhil rented a room in Kothamangalam near Manasa’s college. His building was located right in between the college and Manasa’s paying-guest facility. According to the building owner, Rakhil had said he was a plywood trader when he rented the room.

“He usually remained in the room. In mid-July, he was not seen in the area for about two weeks. We do not know where he had gone. His room was on the first floor. From the corridor, one can clearly see the college entrance and the house in which Manasa used to live. We were all shocked to realise that he had come here for this purpose,” said the owner.


The investigating team suspects that Rakhil got the pistol from Bihar.

Kerala minister M N Govindan said, “The police is handling this case seriously, they are trying to find out if he had any accomplice. The police team will be going to Bihar today or tomorrow, it seems he had befriended someone in Bihar when he had gone there with a friend. It is suspected that he got the pistol from there. We will get to know more details only after the team goes there.”

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Kerala college student murder: Accused was stalking victim for 1 month, probe to expand to Bihar

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