One more arrested in lecturer attack case

One more person has been arrested in connection with the attack on a college lecturer, whose right hand was chopped off allegedly by activists of a radical Muslim outfit for preparing an inflammatory question paper.

Updated: Jul 26, 2010, 15:36 PM IST

Kochi: One more person has been arrested
in connection with the attack on a college lecturer, whose
right hand was chopped off allegedly by activists of a radical
Muslim outfit for preparing an inflammatory question paper.

With this, the total number of arrests made in the
case has gone up to 13.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested Hafad
(26) of Palackal Veliyathunadu at nearby Aluva last night,
police sources said.

The accused had passed on details of the movements of
the lecturer T J Joseph to the conspirators of the attack,
they said.

The sources said Hafad had told the SIT that there
were three earlier attempts to attack Joseph in his house and
two efforts outside his home.

But all of them were foiled due to various reasons,
the sources said.

The accused had revealed that leaders of Popular Front
of India were well aware of the plans to attack Joseph, the
sources said.

Many PFI activists were involved in the attack and
each one was given particular assignment to execute the
`operation` perfectly without fail, the sources said.

Joseph was attacked on July 4 by suspected PFI
activists for preparing a question paper which allegedly had
derogatory references to Prophet Mohammed.

Meanwhile, police also released sketches of two more
accused in the case-- Najeeb and Kasim.

PTI