On the face of it, it looks like the police action against the SDPI leadership has turned out to be damp squib.

News about the ‘arrest’ added grist to the speculation that the police would have finally got some leads in the Abhimanyu murder case. The hartal call by the SDPI strengthened the suspicion. But that was not to be. A few hours into the ‘preventive custody’, not arrest, the leaders were let off. The police are tight-lipped on what transpired in the few hours in between.

But the hartal was withdrawn and the SDPI will now be observing a ‘black day’ in protest against the police action.

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