Kochi: One of the main accused in the
attack on a college lecturer, whose right hand was chopped off
allegedly by members of a radical group for preparing an
inflammatory question paper, was arrested today.
Yunus was arrested from Palakkad as he was returning
from Nagore in Tamil Nadu, police sources said.
"We have questioned him and are verifying his
statements. His confession has revealed that the investigation
is in the right direction," a source said.
He is facing charges of attempt to murder, harbouring
offenders and criminal conspiracy.
Yunus was produced before the Muvattupuzha magistrate
court and remanded in 10 days police custody.
Police had a few days ago released a lookout notice
against Yunus and two others and had sent teams to Karnataka
and Tamil Nadu and also coordinated with Intelligence agencies
in the southern states and Maharashtra to nab the culprits.
Police had also released sketches of some accused
involved in the case.
T J Joseph was attacked on July 4 by activists
suspected to be that of Popular Front of India for preparing a
question paper which allegedly had derogatory references to
Prophet Mohammad. He was returning with his family after
Sunday mass that day when the incident took place.