Palakkad: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday (October 28) agreed to consider a re-investigation into the deaths of two minor sisters in Walayar. Replying to the notice moved by Shafi Parambil of the Congress, Pinarayi Vijayan said the government would appeal against the acquittal of four suspects. He also added that he would seek the services of a prominent lawyer in the case.

Earlier, the Walayar SI was suspended and departmental action was taken against him for lapses in the investigation. Vijayan said the possibility of lapses by the prosecution would also be examined. He added the government was on the side of victims and there was no politics in such matters.

The 13-year-old girl was found hanging from the ceiling of her house on January 13, 2017, and her sibling, a nine-year-old, died the same way 52 days later. The death of the younger daughter caused the parents to suspect foul play.
Walayar Police had registered two cases under crime no. 43/17 and 240/17 and investigated the deaths. Police reports say the allegations of crime were baseless. Meanwhile, it found that the children were sexually assaulted before their deaths.

The mother of the deceased girls reportedly claimed that she no longer has faith in the police investigation. Even though the parents witnessed the elder girl being sexually exploited by one of the accused, no action has been taken, she said. In a court hearing, the parents also alleged that the accused have connections with the CPM. 
However, CPM district leadership demanded a detailed investigation in this regard.

Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar called on Union minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development to intervene and said that it was a clear case of political and prosecutorial coverup of crimes.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar urged the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to intervene and deliver justice.

"2 children were brutally raped n killed. I urge @NCPCR_ n ur ministry to suo moto intervene n deliver JUSTICE," the tweet added.