Assaulted for putting up ‘No halal’ board? Woman booked for spreading hatred with cooked up post

Made-up story meant to mislead inquiry against her, say police; two accomplices arrested

Published: 01st November 2021 02:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st November 2021 06:22 PM   |  A+A-

The police also arrested two of her accomplices on Sunday — Abin Bensus Antony, 22 and Vishnu Shivadas, 26.

By Express News Service

KOCHI:  Tightening the noose around Thushara Nandu, aka Thushara Ajith, who alleged that she was assaulted for putting up a ‘no halal’ board in front of her eatery in Kochi, the Infopark police registered a case against her on Sunday for spreading communal hatred via social media. She had posted a video in the Facebook account Thushara Ajith Kallayil with an intention to ignite communal hatred, said the police.
The police also arrested two of her accomplices on Sunday — Abin Bensus Antony, 22 and Vishnu Shivadas, 26. They were produced before the court.

Dramatic scenes unfolded on the night of October 24, when Thushara, her husband, and two accomplices removed a chaat kiosk in front of the restaurant, ‘Dine’, run by Nakul S Babu at Chil Se Food Spot at Nilampathinjimukal. The restaurant is near the eatery owned by Thushara which is yet to be opened. 
On being questioned, Ajith and others attacked Nakul and Binoj George, a friend of Nakul, with lethal weapons. Binoj, who sustained severe injuries, had to undergo surgery. 

Thushara Ajith beside the board of
contention | EXPRESS/FILE PIC

Subsequently, Thushara lodged a complaint claiming Nakul and Binoj attacked her and outraged her modesty. Meanwhile, Nakul approached the police with a complaint alleging that Thushara and her husband manhandled them. On investigation, the police found that the allegations levelled by Thushara were baseless.

Meanwhile, Thushara posted a video on Facebook alleging that she was assaulted for putting up the ‘non-halal food’ board. With this, supporters of right-wing outfits came up in support and the post went viral on social media. According to the police, the made-up story was meant to draw media attention and mislead the inquiry against her. “Thushara and her accomplices attempted to add a communal colour to the issue citing that the putting up of the ‘no halal’ board was the whole reason behind the attack,” said an official.

However, police investigation revealed that the board was put up on the same day Nakul and Binoj were attacked. Moreover, no shop was functioning in the space which was claimed to be the eatery owned by Thushara. However, she lodged a complaint that furniture was stolen from her shop on October 24. The investigation revealed that she and her accomplices took the furniture from a nearby shop and a theft case has been registered against her and others based on the complaint of the shop owner.

The police also registered a case of attempt to murder as Nakul and Binoj sustained severe injuries in the attack.  A probe was already on to arrest Thushara, her husband Ajith, Appu, and one unidentified person, who are still at large. The police inquiry found that what happened was a planned attack by Ajith and Thushara.

Ajith has been involved in several criminal cases, including the sensational Imthias murder while Appu, another accused in the case, too has criminal antecedents, said the police. A clash over the ownership of the eatery resulted in injuries to the two persons. The eatery claimed to be owned by Thushara is caught in legal issues as there is a civil case pending following the argument over its ownership and operation, police said.


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