Kochi: Four more activists of radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) were arrested today in connection with the July 4 attack on a lecturer, whose right hand was chopped off for allegedly preparing an inflammatory question paper. With this, the total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 10. Cases of conspiracy have been registered against Shiyas, divisional secretary of PFI's Nellimattam unit in Ernakulam district and Mohammed Ali of Muvattupuzha, while a case has been registered against Latheef of Aluva and MoideenKutty of Valancherry in Malappuram district for harbouring some of the accused involved in the attack on Joseph.
The arrests were made on the basis of confessional statements of Yunus, who was arrested yesterday from Palakaad while returning from Nagore in Tamil Nadu, police said. The arrested would be produced before Muvattupzha First class
Magistrate court later in the day, they said. The lecturer, T J Joseph was attacked on July 4 by suspected PFI activists for preparing a question paper which allegedly had derogatory references to Prophet Mohammed. He was returning with his family after Sunday mass that day when the incident took place.