Attack on lecturer `well planned`: Kerala DGP
The attack on a private college lecturer, whose right palm was chopped off for preparing an alleged inflammatory question paper, was a "well planned" one, a top police official said here today.
Kochi: The attack on a private college
lecturer, whose right palm was chopped off for preparing an
alleged inflammatory question paper, was a "well planned" one,
a top police official said here today.
Kerala DGP Jacob Punnose, who this morning visited the
scene of the crime where lecturer T J Joseph was attacked,
told reporters that "it was a well planned attack" and the
accused had hatched a conspiracy, spent money, resources to
"meticulously" carry out the attack.
Police would make use of scientific methods to
investigate the case, he said.
Replying to a query, he said police had not yet received
any information that some accused had fled the country.
"We have information about the accused and hunt is on for
them," he said.
Rural SP, T Vikram, said that the DGP had said the
investigation was going on in the right direction and efforts
to strengthen the probe team by mobilising officers from
other parts of the state would be made.
Meanwhile, police continued with searches and raids on
the houses of various suspects and activists of the Popular
Front (PF) and seized some pamphlets and CDs criticising the
LDF government in Kerala.
Joseph, head of the department of Malayalam at a private
Christian college at Muvattapuzha in the district, had been
attacked allegedly by activists belonging to Muslim
fundamentalist outfit Popular Front while he was returning
with family after Sunday mass on July 4.
His right palm was chopped off for allegedly preparing a
question paper with derogatory references to Prophet Mohammed.
Joseph was arrested in April last after the question
paper set by him for the B Com II year internal exams sparked
protests by Muslim outfits, which claimed it had hurt their
He was later suspended from college and was out on bail