The Central police on Wednesday arrested eight Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI) activists for their alleged involvement in a march to the Kerala High Court in protest against the verdict in the Hadiya case on May 29 last year. The arrested were the ones arraigned as accused 35 to 42 in the case. Their arrest comes in the wake of intensified action against SDPI/Popular Front of India (PFI) and Campus Front of India activists for their alleged involvement in the murder of Ernakulam Maharaja’s College student and SFI activist Abhimanyu.
The police crackdown on SDPI activists continued as raids were held in Idukki, Kottayam, and Alappuzha.
Meanwhile, sources said all those involved in the murder of Abhimanyu would be arrested at the earliest. Three accused, identified as Bilal, Farooq and Riyaz, who had been arrested by the police the other day, were produced before a magistrate on Tuesday night and were remanded in judicial custody till July 17. The police will move the court for their custody.
City Police Commissioner M.P. Dinesh said the suspects were very much in radar and that the investigation was progressing well.
In their statement, the accused trio told the police that a clash first broke out between SFI and CFI activists. As the conflict intensified, the SFI workers called more persons to the scene. The clash turned fatal when one of the attackers took out a weapon and stabbed the students.
A preliminary post-mortem examination report of Abhimanyu’s body attributed his death to a deep stab injury on the chest.
‘Stabbed by outsider’
Vineeth, who was injured in the attack, said that an outsider had stabbed the victim and that there were 10 to 15 people in the gang.
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