Key conspirator in SFI leader’s murder held

Kochi: A law student, suspected to be a key conspirator involved in the brutal murder of an SFI member in a Kerala college this month, was taken into custody on Thursday even as another suspect surrendered in a court and was sent to judicial custody, police said.

Campus Front of India State Secretary Mohammed Riffa, hailing from Kannur district and a law student, was arrested from Bengaluru in Karnataka by a special Kerala Police team.

Police said Riffa was the mastermind in the fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Abhimanyu during a clash between supporters of the Students Federation of India and the Campus Front of India on July 2 due to a dispute over pasting of posters at Maharajas College here.

Faziludeen, one of the suspects, surrendered in a court near here on Thursday and was remanded to judicial custody.

Prime suspect Mohammed Ali was arrested last week, following which police were looking for Riffa, who was on the run.

Both Abhimanyu and Ali, who is also Alappuzha District President of Campus Front of India, were students of Maharajas College.

Police had said that 15 persons were directly involved in the murder, of which eight have been arrested.