kamduni rape caseA police officer has been removed from the investigating team of the Kerala’s law student rape and murder probe on Thursday.

As per the sources, the Deputy Superintendent of Police of Perambavoor was removed on account of “procedural lapses” after the 30-year-old woman was found murdered, whose whose body was found with wounds and bite marks, her intestines hanging out, last week.

The investigation team has been expanded to 24.

A sketch of the suspect in the brutal rape and murder case in Kerala was released by police on Wednesday even as a postmortem revealed 38 big and small wounds on her body.

No arrests have been made so far in connection with the murder of the woman, a law student, in her small wayside house in Perumbavoor on April 28, though three persons have been picked up for questioning.

The shocking incident also had its echo in Rajya Sabha with members demanding ‘exemplary punishment’ for the culprits while the state government assured stern action.

On the investigation side, Police released a sketch of a suspect while the post-mortem conducted at Alapuzha Medical College Hospital confirmed that she was subjected to brutal torture and rape and her body bore 38 wounds big and small.

With the incident snowballing into an embarrassment for the state which is in the midst of campaign for May 16 assembly elections, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Opposition leader V S Achutanandan visited the mother of the victim at Perumbavoor Taluk Hospital.