Kochi : Two more accused in connection with the killing of SFI leader Abhimanyu in Maharajas College campus have been nabbed today, taking the figure of total arrested so far to eight.
The car used by assailants to get away after stabbing Abhimanyu and his fellowmate Arjun was also recovered.
Those arrested this morning- Shiraz Salim and Shajahan – are Alappuzha natives and workers of Popular Front.
Shajahan is believed to be the main plotter while Shiraz imparts training in violent skills to party workers
The police also retrieved communally volatile literature from him.
It is now 14 days since the sensational murder that continues to capture headlines. Police have identified all suspects. Three of them, including the assailant who stabbed knife into Abhimanyu’s chest, are believed to have fled the country.
NIA will coordinate with Interpol to nab the fugitives, according to reports
In the wee hours of 1 July, SDPI workers allegedly summoned by Campus Front activists, lay in wait for Abhimanyu around the gates of Maharaja college. As he emerged with a few others to paste welcome-posters for the new batch, a brawl was created under the cover of which an SDPI man punched his face and killed him with a quick knife stab which was pulled out instantly.
Abhimanyu’s fellowmate Arjun was also stabbed in similar fashion and continues to be in critical condition at the hospital since.
The plot, police believe, was hatched by Campus Front workers from college who coordinated with SDPI – the political wing of Popular Front(PFI) – to kill as many SFI workers as possible to enhance their presence in the campus dominated where SFI reigns supreme.
Vaduthala native Muhammed, a second-year Arabic student at Maharajas, is also an accused in the Thoduppuzha palm-chopping case. He has gone into hiding along with his family.
Around 200 PFI workers are under police scanner