KOCHI: The police team probing the murder of SFI leader Abhimanyu M at the Ernakulam Maharaja's College has taken one more PFI activist in custody on Wednesday.
According to the officers, Saif, a Nettoor native is in the custody. His arrest, however, is yet to be recorded. Police are now on the look-out for the remaining 11 accused, who has been absconding. Officers said that many of them have escaped to neighbouring states.
This includes Mohammed AI and Farooq Amani who were suspended from the college after the incident.
"One more person who is suspected to be involved in the attack at Maharajas College was taken in custody. His arrest would soon be recorded once his involvement is verified", said an officer with the investigation team.
Meanwhile, the sources maintained that the group who were involved in the attack used to stay at a rented place on SRM road at Ernakulam North. Police are on the look-out for a person, involved in the Professor hand chopping case, who reportedly arranged the stay for the youths.
DGP Loknath Behera on Wednesday told media persons here that there was a plan behind the murder. "If anyone is trying to convert the college into a battlefield, it will not be allowed. Some persons from outside the campus are involved in the case. The use of a sharp weapon itself shows a plan. We are on the job", said Behera.
Ernakulam Central ACP K Laljy said that the police have intensified the searches for the remaining accused who are on run. A team led by CI A Ananthalal under the monitoring of Laljy is investigating the case.
The city police have also moved court seeking custody of three of the arrested persons in the case. The accused are now remanded in judicial custody. Officers said that they will most likely receive the accused in custody on Thursday when they will be further interrogated.
Meanwhile, officers stated that the accused carrying the knife itself point toward the preparation done by the accused ahead of the crime. “Using a knife to stab a person is definitely with the intention of murder. Unlike the case of hacking to escape from an attack, usage of knife would be more fatal as there is a chance of it piercing internal organs,” said a senior police officer.
Citing the autopsy report a police officer said that deceased must have died minutes after the wound being inflicted. The fatal wound is between the ribs on left chest and it pierced the heart, causing death, the officer said.
Abhimanyu son of Manoharan,20, hailing from Vattavada in Idukki was murdered in the early hours of Monday. The murder was following a scuffle over using the compound wall to paint graffiti in the name of Students Federation of India and Campus Front.