Kochi: Investigation in the case relating to
the recent attack on a private college lecturer is going in
the right direction and police have gathered a "clear picture"
of those behind the incident, a top police official said
It would also be investigated if there was any lapse on
the part of police, DGP Jacob Punnose told reporters after a
high level meeting of police officers probing the case at
The lecturer, T J 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 his family after Sunday mass on July 4.
His right hand 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
religious sentiments. He was later suspended from the college
and was out on bail when attacked.