Kerala IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman arrested after the car he was driving crashed the bike of a journalist and killed him on Saturday morning. Though Venkitraman continues to be in a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram under police surveillance, he is also remanded to judicial custody of 14 days on Saturday night.
"We have recorded the arrest of Venkitaraman at the hospital. We have charged him under Section 279 and 304 of the IPC," an investigating officer told PTI.
K. Mohammed Basheer was killed in the crash. 35-year-old Basheer was identified as the bureau chief of Siraj, a Malayalam daily. He was the father of two children and husband of Jaseela. His funeral was held at Vadakara, his hometown in Kozhikode district on Saturday night.
A police team of three-member has been posted at his hospital room in the hospital. Venkitaraman’s left hand was in plaster due to the accident. He will be moved to jail after he is discharged from the hospital.
Eyewitnesses reported that police officers who reached the crime spot did not swing into action, they also told that IAS officer exited the car after the accident, and looked to be intoxicated. It was also reported through a source that reports, the police did not record the accounts on the spot of at least three persons who were the witness to the accident.
A union of journalists expressed their outrage on the way the investigation was going on.
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