//Probe begins into murder of resort owner

Probe begins into murder of resort owner

Kozhikode: The police have launched investigations into the murder of A.M. Abdul Kareem (42), a resort owner at Vythiri in Wayanad district, on Saturday night.

C. Sharfudeen, Kozhikode Rural Superintendent of Police, said the investigations were being led by Thamarassery Circle Inspector Y.R. Rustom.

Abdul Kareem, proprietor of `Jungle Park’ and `Green Magic Nature Resorts,’ on Finster Hills at Vythiri was found with grievous injuries in a rubber estate three km from Adivaram in Kozhikode district at 12.30 a.m. on Sunday. He succumbed to his injuries while being taken to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (MCH), the police said.

The police said a gang of five persons had intercepted Mr. Kareem’s vehicle at the Wayanad ghats at 9.30 p.m. on Saturday. Mr. Kareem, who was with his driver, was proceeding to his house at Vrindavan Colony in Kozhikode. The gang seized the vehicle and drove with them towards Vythiri.Mr. Kareem and his driver, Sivan, an ex-serviceman hailing from Thrissur , were assaulted in the vehicle on the way. Sivan, who suffered head injuries, is now under treatment at the Medical College Hospital.

Mr. Sharfudeen said that the gang was forced to retreat to Kozhikode when they sensed that the cries of Mr. Kareem and his driver were heard by the local people. In fact, the traffic police on the Ghats had given chase to the vehicle on the Kozhikode-Wayanad route, but they managed to escape.

He said preliminary reports indicated that Mr. Kareem had been strangled to death. A post-mortem examination had been conducted at the MCH. Forensic experts, dog squad and finger print experts visited the spot at the rubber estate on Sunday. The investigations are centred around those who have taken the resorts on lease. He also did not rule out the possibility of hired goons carrying out the murder. At least two cases had been registered in connection with the business dealings of the resorts, Mr. Sharfudeen said.

`Jungle Park’ and `Green Magic Nature Resorts,’ situated 70 km away from Kozhikode, is on the Kozhikode-Mysore Highway. Abdul Kareem is survived by his wife, Sherin and daughter Nishin, a student of the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C).

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