Abhimanyu murder accused committed financial fraud while in hiding
Kochi: The police have learned that Sahal Hamsa, who stabbed SFI leader Abhimanyu to death at Maharaja's College here in Ernakulam, had committed financial fraud while in hiding.
While absconding, Sahal was surviving by booking tokens at a cancer treatment centre at Shimoga in Karnataka and was selling it for a profit.
Popular Front of India activists in Karnataka had arranged hideouts and amenities for the culprits. Sahal had been earning money by selling tokens for a profit. Sahal had collected the tokens in advance.
A special police team has been sent to collect evidence from Shimoga and Bengaluru in Karnataka and Ervadi and Nagoor in Tamil Nadu where Sahal had been hiding. As Sahal’s police custody ended on Tuesday, he was sent to judicial custody for 14 days.
The police are yet to find the weapon which Sahal used to stab Abhimanyu. The investigation is led by ASP S. T. Suresh Kumar.
Abhimanyu was murdered inside the Maharaja's College campus early on July 2, 2018. A dispute with Popular Front activist regarding graffiti resulted in the murder. Abhimanyu’s friend Arjun was injured in the attack. Police had named 16 Popular Front-Campus Front activists as accused in the case.
However, the police were unable to arrest the two accused - Sahal and Muhammed Shaheem for over a year. Shaheem, who had stabbed Arjun, surrendered in November 2019. Sahal surrendered on June 18, 2020.
Police were heavily criticised for not being able to arrest the main accused in the case for nearly two years.