Pareed (32), a driver, who was directly involved in the attack on Prof T J Joseph on July 4, was arrested in Mangalore yesterday by the Special Investigation team probing the case and brought here today, police said.
With this, 23 PFI workers have been arrested in connection with the incident.Joseph's right hand was chopped off allegedly by PFI activists for preparing a question paper with "derogatory references" to Prophet Mohammad.
Moovattupuzha Circle Inspector P P Shams and his team arrested Pareed, the driver of the van in which the assailants reached Muvattupuzha and attacked Joseph, police said. He has been charged with various offences of IPC including attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, rioting, Arms Act and Explosive Act.The accused was produced before the Judicial First Class Magistrate court here today which remanded him in police custody for 10 days.
As the controversy broke over the question paper, Prof T J Joseph was suspended by the college authorities and later dismissed.