According to police, a leader of the Islamic outfit, Popular Front of India (PFI) was arrested on Monday in connection with the April killing of an RSS leader in Kerala’s Palakkad district.
He’s accused of hatching a conspiracy to kill RSS leader S K Srinivasan (45) on April 16 with Palakkad district secretary, Aboobaker Siddik.
Furthermore, he was reportedly an activist for the PFI, who prepared a list of leaders of a variety of political organizations, including the BJP, CPI(M) and Youth League, a youth wing of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) that would be targeted in retaliatory attacks, according to a police officer.
PFI rejected the charges against Siddik and accused the CPI(M)-led LDF government of trying to hunt down its workers in the state because it was outraged by the large turnout at a recent rally organized by the PFI in Kozhikode.
Almost 24 hours after Srinivasan was hacked to death at Elappully in the district on April 15 afternoon, he returned home with his father after offering prayers at a mosque with his father when a six-member gang attacked his motorbike shop in Melamuri near here. Srinivasan was a former district leader and RSS office-bearer.