February 17th, 2012
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Teachers hand chopped case: Chief conspirator arrested

teacher-hand-chopped-offKochi: Thamar Asharaf , an accused in the Newman College professor T J Joseph hand chopping case has been arrested. Thamar Ashraf who has been arrested in relation with his involvement in the case was in hiding in a foreign country.  Thamar is the third accused in the case and hails from Muvatupuzha. He was brought back to Kerala with the help of the Interpol. He is also alleged to be the chief conspirator, brain behind the assault and had also provided financial aid to his accomplices.

The NIA had earlier informed the court that the primary accused in the case, MK Nasar is in hiding and that he had fled the country. Kochi special court was also informed that the accused have received international aid and support.The National Investigation Agency issued a look out notice on December 13, 2011. The notice has requested the public to hand over any information received on Sawad of Muthuvassery House, Eranakulam, and Sajil of Thottathikudil veedu, Muvattupuzha. Six more accused are yet to be arrested.

College teacher T J Joseph of Newman college was attacked by an angry group that chopped off his right hand, on 4 July 2010 at Muvattupuzha in the Kottayam district. Joseph, a professor of Malayalam at Newman College, Thodupuzha, and a Christian minority institution affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University had his hand cut off at the wrist on allegation of blasphemy by Muslim radicals belonging to Popular Front of India, a confederation of radical fanatic Muslim fundamentalist and extremist.

They are supposed to have been angry with the teacher who according to them hurt the Muslim sentiments. The dispute was sparked off by one of the questions drafted by the teacher for the internal exam. The police that has been inquiring into the case has arrested more than 27 people, including office bearers of the Popular Front of India.

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