Abhimanyu murder case: Key accused arrested by Kerala police

Arif bin Salim, district secretary of the Campus Front of India, was named as the second accused in Abhimanyu’s murder at Maharaja’s College.
Abhimanyu murder case: Key accused arrested by Kerala police
Abhimanyu murder case: Key accused arrested by Kerala police
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On Thursday, the Kerala police registered yet another arrest in relation to the murder of Abhimanyu, a Students' Federation of India (SFI) leader and a second-year BSc student at the Maharaja's college in Ernakulam.

Arif Bin Salim, who is the second accused in the case and the district secretary of the Campus Front of India (CFI) of the Ernakulam district was arrested from the Kodanad area near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district.

According to a report by The New Indian Express (TNIE), Assistant Commissioner of Police, PS Suresh Kumar, who is also the investigating officer is reported to have said that, "He is the main brain behind the murder. Arif is the one who summoned all the other accused to Maharaja’s College and a key person in the conspiracy. He is the district president of Campus Front."

With the arrest of Arif, nineteen people have been arrested so far in connection with the Abhimanyu murder case.

The police on September 17 had given out a lookout notice for eight people in connection with the case.

Abhimanyu was killed on Sunday, July 1, when SFI students clashed with workers of the Campus Front of India (CFI). The incident was allegedly triggered by an argument about sticking posters on the campus walls. 19-year-old Arjun, a BA Philosophy student of the college, was also injured in the attack and was admitted to the Ernakulam Medical Trust Hospital in the city and had undergone an emergency surgery.

Police had arrested CFI member Adhil, was arrested on July 14 in connection the case. The Special Investigations Team conducting the probe had stated that Adhil was directly involved in carrying out the crime. The 20-year-old Aluva native had been absconding since the time of the murder.

Adhil had told the police that an argument about painting slogans on a wall had led to the murder. The CFI allegedly decided to paint the wall and would not allow the SFI to do so. He’d further stated that some of them had even carried weapons.

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