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Locals have reportedly described the figure to be giant-sized thief over six feet tall, rumoured to move at lightening speed. Exaggerated rumours refer to the figure as a giant "black man", a shapeshifter or as a ghost.
An eerie figure lurking in and around the Thrissur district in Kerala, leading to sleepless nights for its residents and more work for the local police, recently caught the attention of the Kerala High Court as well, after a petition over its sightings was moved by a Thrissur resident.
The Division Bench of Justices AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Shaji P Chaly took note that the mysterious apparition was found moving at night hours in the district, prompting many local residents to violate the COVID-19 lockdown in attempts to pursue the said figure.
Locals have reportedly described the figure to be giant-sized thief over six feet tall, rumoured to move at lightening speed and with springs attached to his feet. Some locals have referred to the figure as the "black man" a ghost or as an odiyan i.e. a shapeshifter.
There is no verifiable claim of any person having clearly seen the alleged figure as of yet or of the figure having attacked any person. As per one report, the figure is rumoured to knock on doors to play pranks and scare people. The sightings and rumours has led to panic among the local residents.
The State police, in the meanwhile, had warned of strict action against those who violated the lockdown to pursue the mysterious figure. Apart from commencing investigation on local complaints, the police also reportedly strengthened night patrolling in these areas and urged people to contact the police at 0888522221 if the figure was spotted.
The High Court on Saturday chose not to interfere in the matter as of yet, save to direct that the Police take appropriate action in a time-bound manner. The order passed in this regard states,
"Taking note of the statement of the police authorities as regards the investigation that has already been conducted, as also the submission of the learned counsel for the petitioner that, even recently, there have been sightings of the mysterious figure, we deem it appropriate to dispose this writ petition by directing the second respondent to consider and pass orders on Ext.P1 complaint preferred by the petitioner within a period of two weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this judgment."
[Read the Judgment]
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