Kasaragod, Jul 22: An accused in a POCSO case jumped into the sea at Kasaba Coast near here on Wednesday.
Sources said the accused Mahesh (28), resident of Soorlu Kanhangad, was brought to the groyne ('pulimuttu' in Malayalam) at the coast for collecting evidence.
He escaped from the police and ran around 200 meters towards the sea and jumped into it. The effort to rescue him also failed.
Police, Fire & Rescue officials and fishermen are searching for the body of the accused.
Mahesh was arrested on charge of capturing the video of a minor girl in a washroom on his mobile.
During interrogation, he had told the copse that he had hidden the mobile, which was used to video record the act, near the groyne. Accordingly, the police had brought him to this place.