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Cyanide killers: Kerala DGP says killings may not be limited to one family

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 6 Spy movies often feature cyanide as a perfect killer poison but in Kerala, a couple involved in serial killings actually used the deadly chemical to wipe out an entire family of six over a period of 14 years.

Potassium cyanide, a highly toxic colourless salt like substance, was allegedly used by Jolly Thomas and her two aides to eliminate the family in Kozhikode.

The meticulously planned killings, executed by Jolly (now 47), may not be limited to the elimination of only one family in Kozhikode, suspects Kerala Director General of Police (DGP) Lok Nath Behera.

“It is too early to comment on the entire dynamics of the crime carried out by Jolly and her aides. Although it is a very complex case to investigate, I do not rule out the possibility of more such killings executed by them,” Behera told IANS.

“We are still following certain leads and gathering previous linkages of Jolly to ascertain her criminal profile. At this moment, the real big picture emerging out of these gruesome murders is not much clear. I can only say that the police have done a great job to unravel the killings which could have gone unnoticed.”

So far the Kozhikode Police have arrested Jolly, her friend M. Mathew and a jewellery worker who arranged the potassium cyanide for the execution of the murders.

Investigation revealed that Jolly served cyanide laced with food to the victims. The first reported killing was executed in 2002 by Jolly wherein the victim was identified as her mother-in-law, Anamma Thomas.

Six years later in 2008, Jolly allegedly killed her father-in-law Tom Thomas. In 2011, it was the turn of Jolly’s then husband Roy Thomas.

The killing spree continued at regular intervals in the residence of the Thomas family. The next victim in queue was Roy Thomas’ maternal uncle Mathew who died under similar circumstances in 2014. Two years later, another close relative Sily, the wife of Shaju(Jolly’s paramour), and her one year old child died under similar circumstances.

Police investigation into the serial killings confirmed that all the victims died soon after consuming food.

Besides, Jolly’s presence in all the six deaths was a striking feature, pointing towards her involvement in the killings.

With no concrete clues, the investigation into the killings could have been buried in the police files as blind murders. However, Roy Thomas’ brother Rojo, who lives abroad, approached the Superintendent of Police and expressed his suspicion over the mysterious serial deaths. In fact, Rojo was next in line to be eliminated by Jolly. However, as Rojo lived abroad, he and his family members remained out of the reach of the killers.

Once convinced with Rojo’s revelations on the mystery deaths of his family members, the police exhumed the mortal remains of the deceased persons from their graves and sent them for forensic examination. The initial reports indicated to poisoning.

Sources said that during her long interrogation, Jolly finally confessed to the police that potassium cyanide, arranged by her friend Mathew, was used to kill all the victims. As far as the motive is concerned, Jolly wanted to marry her former husband’s cousin Shaju and they both eyed the property of the Thomas family.

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GATE Mock Test 2021 released, check full details here

IIT Bombay has released the mock test of GATE 2021 for the candidates at gate.iitb.ac.in on November 25.

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IIT Bombay has released the mock test of GATE 2021 for the candidates at gate.iitb.ac.in on November 25. The candidates must note that the mock test will help the students to understand the Computer Based Test or CBT Mode.

The type of questions, pattern, and format may vary in the real examination.

This is the first time GATE would have an exam in Humanities and Social Sciences. Admit Cards for GATE 2021 would be made available on the official website from January 8, 2021. All candidates who have registered for the examination are advised to keep a check on the official website for the latest updates and information regarding the examination.

This is the first time GATE would have an exam in Humanities and Social Sciences. Admit Cards for GATE 2021 would be made available on the official website from January 8, 2021. All candidates who have registered for the examination are advised to keep a check on the official website for the latest updates and information regarding the examination.

IIT Bombay has introduced two new subjects namely Environment Science and Engineering as well as Humanities and Social Sciences. This year for the first time candidates have the option of appearing for more than one subject based on the permitted combinations.

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Coronavirus: India inches closer to 93 Lakh Covid-19 cases

Apart from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka have reported the highest number of cases.

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New Delhi, Nov 26 : With 44,489 new cases of Covid infections, India’s total cases reached 92,66,705 on Thursday. It is the 19th straight day when India reported less than 50,000 cases in a day.

The last time daily new cases crossed the 50,000-threshold was on November 7.

According to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 524 new deaths occurred due to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 1,35,223.

While the active cases stood at 4,52,344, a total of 86,79,138 have recovered from the virus and have been discharged of which 36,367 were discharged in the last 24 hrs.

While the recovery rate stands at 93.66 per cent, the fatality rate is at 1.46 per cent, the Ministry data revealed.

Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state with 84,464 active cases and 46,748 deaths so far. The recoveries in the state stand at 17,95,959.

Apart from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka have reported the highest number of cases.

The National capital is also witnessing a surge.

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Cyclone Nivar to weaken further into cyclonic storm before noon today

Puducherry recorded rainfall measuring 237mm between 8.30am Wednesday and 2.30am Thursday. During the same time, Cuddalore recorded 246mm and Chennai 83mm.

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Cyclone Nivar crossed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast around the union territory as a severe cyclonic storm between 11.30pm Wednesday and 2.3 am Thursday with a wind speed of 120-130kmph, the India Meterological Department (IMD) said.

Nivar’s intensity has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 110-120kmph. It will further weaken into a cyclonic storm before noon Thursday, according to the weather office.

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Puducherry recorded rainfall measuring 237mm between 8.30am Wednesday and 2.30am Thursday. During the same time, Cuddalore recorded 246mm and Chennai 83mm.

The Tamil Nadu disaster management authority sounded a flood warning along the Arani river in Tiruvallur district.

The Greater Chennai Corporation said that civic workers were working to clear several uprooted trees and electric poles and inundated localities in the city as well as coastal and delta districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Officials are awaiting reports on the extent of damage from districts.

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