Kochi: Two persons were arrested today in
connection with the attack on a college lecturer in Kerala,
whose palm was chopped off for preparing an alleged
inflammatory question paper even as the government said it
would not allow such "Taliban type" attacks.
Jaffar of Kothamangalam and Ashraff of Mekalady were
taken into custody, police said. Ashraff is reportedly an
activist of the Popular Front, a fundamentalist Muslim outfit.
T J Joseph (52), lecturer at a private Christian-run
college, was attacked at Muvattupuzha in the district
yesterday while returning from a church along with his family,
including his sister and mother.
The lecturer was on bail since his arrest in April last
for preparing the controversial question paper for B.Com II
year internal exams, which triggered protests from some Muslim
outfits, who claimed a reference to Prophet Mohammed in it
hurt their religious sentiments.
Sources at the Specialist hospital here said a
five-member team sutured back the lecturer`s palm after a 16
hour long surgery. It would take more than a week to know if
the surgery was successful, they said.
In the Kerala assembly, Home Minister Kodiyeri
Balakrishnan said the government would not allow
"Taliban-type" attacks and asked all political parties to
unite and isolate forces responsible for the "barbaric"
He said the government would verify if there were lapses
on the part of police in providing protection to Joseph, who
was suspended from the college after the question paper row.