KOCHI: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the assault on T.J. Joseph, Malayalam teacher at Newman College, Thodupuzha, took into custody the car in which the assailants apparently fled after the incident.
A group of activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI) chopped off the right palm of Mr. Joseph when he was returning from church on July 4. During the assault, one of the attackers suffered injuries when Mr. Josephs son tried to ward them off with a knife. The assaulters are believed to have shifted from the Omni van, in which they were travelling till the attack, to the Lancer, owned by Niyaz of Kalady, a PFI activist, after the assault. The injured person was taken to a nearby hospital in this car.
The car was parked at the residence of another person at Kunjunnikara, who was not involved in the crime, said a senior police official of the SIT. The police took the car into custody from Kunjunnikara on Thursday night.