Murder of student: Police to seek legal opinion

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The Kerala Police will seek legal opinion on possibilities of invoking provisions under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in its probe into the killing of Abhimanyu M (20), a leader of the CPM-affiliated Students Federation of India (SFI), in Ernakulam.

State Police Chief Loknath Behera, maintaining that there was conspiracy behind the killing in Maharaja’s College, early on Monday, told reporters on Thursday that the police would seek legal counsel on bringing the case within the ambit of UAPA.

The DGP is reported to have met Director General of Prosecution Manjeri Sreedharan Nair in Kochi.

The killers are alleged to be activists of Campus Front, a student wing of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), which itself is the political face of Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI). Four persons have been taken into custody in connection with the murder.

Reports said the National Investigation Agency was also tracking the role of PFI activists who were involved in another case.

Activists of the outfit had, in 2010, chopped the right palm of T J Joseph, a Malayalam professor at Newman College in Thodupuzha in Idukki district, over allegedly inflammatory portions in a question paper he prepared.

Amid a police crackdown on SDPI and PFI activists, the SFI and Kerala’s ruling CPM have hit out at the two organisations. Finance Minister T M Thomas Issac called for a "social boycott" of the two outfits.

SDPI state president Abdul Majeed Faizi told reporters that his organisation was being targeted though its link to the murder was yet to be established.

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