Delivering the judgment in a long-pending murder case, the Sessions Court here in Ernakulam has acquitted the accused who were charged under sections 302 and 201 of Indian Penal Code for lack of proper evidence. The Court has however sentenced two accused,Rathinam and Muthupandy, each for one year imprisonment, for offences falling under Section 324 of IPC read with section 34 IPC.
Philipos, a railway protection force naik, who was in charge of the railway warehouse at Island railway station was found murdered and his disfigured body was found on the seashore at Manasserry in 1994.
An FIR was registered at the Harbour police station and the police had caught the first and second accused at that time and they were later given bail. The duo, Rathinam and Muthupandy, had absconded soon after they were freed from the police custody on bail. The case was handed over to the Crime Branch later in 1999.