Workers believed to be belonging to the radical Islamist organisation – Popular Front of India (PFI) were arrested by the Kerala police on Monday, in connection with the murder of a Student Federation of India (SFI) leader, PTI has reported.
As per the report, the suspects stabbed the CPM’s student wing leader named Abhimanyu, inside the campus of Maharaja’s College in Ernakulam on Sunday. He was declared dead after being brought to the hospital, while two others are undergoing treatment. A 19-year-old student named Arjun is said to be in a serious condition.
As per a local report by Manorama Online, the attack took place over a dispute about wall writings, at a time when the new session of the Maharaja college has begun. The report claims that three workers of Campus front (whose parent organisation is the PFI), have been arrested by the police. The three arrested are named Bilal, Farooq and Riyas. It is being claimed that there were 15 others in the murderous mob.
As reported, activists of SFI and the Campus Front started the “routine practice” of writing on campus walls with the commencement of the new academic year. The issue began when the groups started overwriting on the graffiti made The report claimed that a “communal writing” was etched over the Campus Front’s graffiti which contributed to the dispute.
Following the murder, the SFI has called a statewide bandh on Monday, with the CPM doing the same in the slain SFI activists’ hometown.
The radical Islamist organisation PFI, which now seems to have started targeting CPM’s associates, has recorded a long and bloody history in the state of Kerala.
This includes chopping off hands of a Kerala Professor for allegedly insulting Islamic Prophet Mohammed. Besides this, it has been accused by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) of being involved in the controversial ‘love jihad’ cases in Kerala. Recently, activists of its political arm SDPI were arrested in connection with an ABVP worker’s brutal murder in Kerala’s Kannur.