KOCHI: Following SFI leader Abhimanyu’s dastardly murder allegedly by political adversaries at the Maharaja’s College here, the Central agencies, including the NIA and the IB, have launched a preliminary probe on the direct or indirect involvement of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in the incident.
The NIA has launched the probe since the majority of those convicted in the Palm Chopping Case who were associated with the SDPI and the PFI have been released after completing the sentence and by securing bail from the court. “Only K A Najeeb and M K Nazar accused in the Palm Chopping Case are currently in judicial custody. Najeeb has approached Kerala High Court seeking bail which will come up later this month. Since the police claim Abhimanyu’s assailants are PFI/SDPI/Campus Front members, we have started a preliminary inquiry into it,” sources said.
The anti-terror agency will indeed be looking into whether the killers had received the backing of those involved in the case registered by the agency. “Participation in criminal activities directly or indirectly are against the bail norms. We will try and find out whether the conditions laid down by the court while granting bail were violated. Such activities can lead to cancellation of bail. People who are out on bail will be monitored.
We are also coordinating with the Kerala Police on sharing information on the SDPI/PFI/Campus Front activists who were taken into custody in connection with Abhimanyu’s slaying. Similarly, the Central agencies will share information with the Kerala Police,” sources said. Despite the police narrative, the SDPI has continued to protest its innocence. Significantly, though, the outfit also came out with a statement condemning the incident within hours of the ghastly crime which occurred late on Sunday.
Arjun shows signs of recovery
Kochi: Arjun Krishna, 19, the student who was in a critical condition following the Campus Front attack at Maharaja’s College, is showing signs of recovery. He was moved from the ventilator the other day at the Medical Trust Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment. On Wednesday, he started on a liquid diet. He can also speak now, hospital sources said. Arjun had been stabbed in his stomach, and his liver had been pierced. He underwent an immediate surgery on the day of the attack, which played a crucial role in saving his life.