AKG Centre attack case: Visuals unclear, probe staring at dead end

Police inspection at AKG Centre | Photo: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: The probe team of Kerala Police is struggling to narrow down the attackers of the CPM state headquarters, the AKG Centre. Although footage from around 30 CCTVs were inspected, the visuals are available only till Pottakuzhi near Medical College.

Meanwhile, it is hinted that the police have taken into custody a man who was seen in the vicinity of the centre. The visuals show him standing in a suspicious manner near his vehicle on the night of the attack. The police are interrogating him.

Although the CCTV visuals of places after Pottakuzhi were inspected, no vehicle could be seen passing. The police said that the man on the red scooter who was seen in the CCTV footage and was taken into custody has no part in the attack. He runs an eatery near General Hospital and had gone on his scooter to run an errand.

The investigation is progressing by collecting the phone details of people in that area when the attack took place. The phone calls made during the time of the attack are also under the scanner of the probe team.

Taken into custody, but released

Riju, a construction worker from Anthiyoorkonam, was taken into custody over suspected involvement in the attack. He was then arrested over another case involving a Facebook post in which he threatened to throw stones at AKG Centre. The police questioned him for nearly 30 hours at Kazhakkoottam station and Cantonment station. It was later found out that he has no part in the case.

The police tried to invoke non-bailable charges against him, including Section 153, provocation with intent to cause riot, but backed off as it turned into a controversy. Riju was granted bail by the station by noon on Sunday. Locals claim that Riju, an orphan, has no close connection with any of the political parties.

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