Friday, November 20, 2015

Palm-chopping case accused remanded

KOCHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court here on Thursday remanded M K Nazar, third accused in the Muvattupuzha palm-chopping case, in judicial custody till December 3. Nazar complained to the court that he had been tortured by the NIA officials while interrogating, but he did not file any formal complaints in this regard. Later, he was shifted to the Ernakulam District Jail at Kakkanad

In a report filed before the court, the NIA stated that Nazar, a native of Aluva, was a well-trained member of the Popular Front of India and masterminded the crime. Further, they also pointed out that Nazar did not cooperate with the investigators and refused to divulge information on Savad, Sijil and Asiz, the other accused who were yet to be traced. The case pertains to the attack on T J Joseph, a former teacher with the Newman College at Thodupuzha, by a group of alleged activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI). It is alleged that Nazar deputed two other accused to prepare the sketch of the route to Joseph’s house.

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