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Hand chopping case: Police teams sent to Karnataka, TN

As raids against PFI activists intensified across Kerala in connection with the attack on a college lecturer, police teams have been sent to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to gather information about suspects and accused.



Kochi: As raids against Popular Front of
India activists intensified across Kerala in connection with
the attack on a college lecturer, police teams have been sent
to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to gather information about
suspects and accused who may be hiding there.

"We have already sent police teams to Karnataka and
Tamil Nadu as associates and friends of PFI are there and some
accused may have taken refuge there," a police source told
PTI. The raids and searches would go on parallely all over the
state, the source said.

The lookout notices against the three main accused
have been sent to all airports in the country, but so far no
clues about the absconding accused have been received, police
said.

Lecturer T J Joseph was attacked and his right hand
chopped off by a gang on July 4 for setting an inflammatory
question paper with reference to Prophet Mohammad. Six PFI
activists have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Meanwhile, PFI Divisional Secretary Abdul Salam (50)
of Thaikkattukara near Aluva, who had been remanded in
judicial custody, was sent to police custody for
interrogation.

Salam was working in Kuwait for over 20 years and was
engaged in arranging medical facilities to those from the Gulf
countries who come to the major hospitals here for treatment.

Police sources said Salam was allegedly involved
directly in the plot to attack on the lecturer and had
arranged Dr Renees, a dentist, to give first aid to the
culprits who had carried out the attack.

-PTI

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