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Kerala police files chargesheet in Prof Joseph case

The Kerala Police on 14 January filed chargesheet against 27 accused in the gruesome attack on Prof T J Joseph, a private college lecturer in Kerala, whose right hand had been chopped off allegedly by activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI) on July 4 last year.

Altogether 54 activists of PFI and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) were listed as accused by the police; the chargesheet was filed against only 27 activists. All the accused are charged with anti-national activities, criminal conspiracies and under various sections of IPC including 120, 143, 148, 120B, 323 and 307.

Prof Joseph, in an interview while responding to chargesheet filed, said that he wanted the law to take its course in this case. I had earlier pardoned the attackers. Let the police complete their investigation and I do not consider this case as any more personal.

The charge sheet said the accused PFI activists hatched a conspiracy to ‘punish’ Mr. Joseph, who had prepared a question paper for the B.Com students of Newman College, Thodupuzha, and which included what they considered an offensive question, regarding Prophet Mohammed and Islam. Armed with deadly weapons and explosive substance, they went in a van with false number plates on July 4, 2010 and lay in wait near the professor’s home at Muvattupuzha. When the professor returned in his car along with his sister Stella, a nun and his mother Elikutty after attending church, they stopped his vehicle, dragged him out and chopped off his hand. His mother and sister were also injured in the attack.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 20

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