Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

WOMAN’S SNAKE BITE DEATH TURNS OUT TO BE MURDER

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THIRUVANAN­THAPURAM,

(HINDUSTAN TIMES), MAY 24, 2020 - The death of a young Kerala woman, who suffered two snake bites in a span of two months, turned out to be a well-planned and executed murder, said Kerala police which probed the case after the deceased woman’s father filed a complaint alleging foul play.

The crime branch said the woman’s husband, along with a local snake handler and another accomplice, was arrested in connection with the murder. S Uthra (25), a resident of Anchal in Kollam district, had suffered a second snake bite while she was undergoing treatment for the first.

In their complaint, the parents said Uthra had gone to bed with her husband, in the morning she was found unconsciou­s. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors said she died of a snake bite. When the room was examined, a big cobra snake was found which was later killed by Sooraj. The husband denied noticing the snake or witnessing any commotion.

The parents alleged that their daughter was harassed quite often for dowry. The couple was married two years ago and have a one-year-old son.

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