17-Jul-2018
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Terror group behind Abhimanyu's death: CM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM July 3: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said those behind the killing of Abhimanya, a student of Ernakulam Maharajas College, were persons with terror nature, who came from outside the campus.   
 
He said strong action will be taken against the offenders.
 
“The secular society of Kerala should line up against terrorism. Three persons have already been taken into custody in this connection. What happened in Maharajas is a deplorable thing.
 
In the preliminary investigation, it had been found that the murder was very well planned. Usually, peaceful atmosphere exists in campuses.
 
Any attempt to destroy that peace, may it be from any corners, will be confronted strongly. I also request all to cooperate to maintain peace in college campuses,” he said.
 
Police have said the main accused in the murder of Abhimanyu, an Idukki native and Ernakulam Maharajas College student, is Vaduthala native and Degree third year Arabic student Muhammed. A Campus Front activist, he has gone into hiding. In total there are 15 accused.
 
A team of SFI students led by Abhimanyu had reached the college at 12 am on Monday to tie banners and posters to welcome first-year students on the first day in their classes.  
 
At this time, Camp Front workers were also pasting posters on walls. There was quarrel and tussle between them and SFI members over writing on the walls. Clashes ensued between the two groups.
 
Campus Front worker Muhammed then called in more persons from outside to support his gang. About 20 persons who came from outside, waving knives at the SFI students.
 
In the melee, Abhimanyu was stabbed on his chest. The wound was deep and he died on the spot. Arjun also got injured.
 
In connection with the incident police have taken Aluva native Bilal, Kottayam native Farooq and Fort Kochi native Riyaz into custody. Their arrest will be recorded soon.
 
Police have also identified ten persons who had unleashed violence. They said that they are SDPI-Campus Front workers.
 
Farooq, who is in custody, is a newly admitted student of the college. Bilal is an MBA student in a private college in Aluva. Fort Kochi native Riyaz is not a student. He is 37.