Kerala: NIA arrests another accused for chopping off prof TJ Joseph’s hand

Kerala: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested a person who is accused of chopping off a professor’s hand in Kerala in 2010. The accused was absconding.

An FIR was filed against Masoor, 47, and certain members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) for chopping off the hand of Professor TJ Joseph, who had allegedly ridiculed Prophet Mohammed in the Malayalam question paper prepared for the internal examination of B. Com students at Newman College, Thodupuzha, Idukki district.

The FIR was originally filed on July 4, 2010, at the Muvattupuzha Police Station in Ernakulam District. They were charged with criminal conspiracy and consequent lethal attack on Professor Joseph.

On April 30, 2015, NIA Special Court in Ernakulam completed trial against 31 accused people in the case and convicted 13 accused people for various offences including those under the UA (P) Act for committing the terrorist act.

On June 1, 2017, the NIA filed third supplementary chargesheet in this case against six accused people including Mansoor, for offences punishable under sections 118, 341, 427, 324, 326, 506, 201, 202, 212, 153(A) and 307 r/w 120B of the Indian Penal Code.