Kerala man accused of murdering four, in critical condition

Cadell Jeanson Raja choked on food at the Poojapura Central Jail in the state capital

Thiruvananthapuram: A Kerala youth accused of murdering his parents, sister and a relative, has been admitted to hospital after he choked on food and had an epileptic seizure.


Cadell Jeanson Raja choked on food at the Poojapura Central Jail in the state capital, and was rushed to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College on Thursday, where he is stated to be in serious condition and hardly responding to medicines.

The mass murder happened at his family’s residence in the posh Nanthancode area in the state capital in April last year. He turned himself in to police in Thiruvananthapuram.

Raja told police that he had been interested in astral projection, which among other things deals with astral bodies that are separate from the physical bodies and capable of travelling outside of the physical body for an out-of-body experience.

He later changed that version and said family issues had led to the murders.

A medical board has been constituted at the hospital to ensure specialised care for him. Raja is presently on ventilator support, and doctors said he continued to be vulnerable and that the next 24 hours would be crucial.

Raja is accused of murdering his parents, professor Raj Thankam, 60 and Jean Padma, 58, his sister Caroline, 26 and a relative, Lalitha, 70. Three of the bodies were found partially burnt while the last was covered with a blanket.

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