Kochi: Two more activists of radical outfit
Popular Front of India were arrested today in connection with
the attack on a college lecturer, whose right hand was chopped
off for preparing an allegedly inflammatory question paper.
Police sources also said a propaganda Compact Disc (CD),
suspected to be that of terror outfit al-Qaeda, had been
seized in the continuing raids on the PFI activists.
Sajeer and Kamaruddhin were arrested after interrogation
during the last two days, police said. With this, the number
of those arrested in connection with the attack on Prof T J
Joseph on Sunday has gone up to four.
Police also issued Look Out Notices for three absconding
accused in the attack -- K K Ali of Cheruvattoor in Ernakulam
District, Yunus (30) of Kothamangalm and Nazar (40) of Aluva.
Police sources told PTI that Ali was likely to have suffered
some injuries during the attack on Joseph and would have gone
to hospital for treatment.
Top police sources said the CD, containing brutal scenes
of torture and executions, was seized two days ago from the
car of one Kunjumon, a PFI activist, who is at large. Some
other documents and CDs were also seized.
A case had been registered against Kunjumon under the
Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the sources said.
Police have been conducting searches and raids in the
residences of PFI activists following the attack on Prof
Joseph, a private college lecturer at Muvattupuzha.
Last night, a rifle had been seized by police from the
residence of another PFI activist, Ayub and a case registered
against him. Fake identity cards and SIM cards were also
seized from his residence, police said.
Joseph is facing charges of hurting the religious
sentiments of Muslims by preparing a question paper for an
internal exam containing some references to Prophet Mohammed.
He had been suspended from the college and arrested in
April last. Out on bail, Joseph was attacked by a group of
persons when he was returning from a church on Sunday and his
right hand was chopped off. Two persons had been arrested on
July 5 in connection with the attack.