Balussery DYFI leader made to hold machete and pose; More visuals surface; arrest of 5 recorded

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Kozhikode: More visuals of Jishnu Raj, who was attacked by a mob in Paloli near Balussery has surfaced. Jishnu was forced to hold the machete by the mob to capture a photo of him. The police present in the scene objected to it. The mob then verbally abused the police officer and Jishnu.

Police on Thursday had taken 30 people into custody in relation to the case. The arrest of 5 people would be recorded on Friday. Jishnu was allegedly beaten up by the mob for damaging the flex board of SDPI. Earlier, a confessional video of Jishnu was out in which he says he tore the flex as directed by a local CPM leader. Jishnu is the secretary of Thrikkuttisery DYFI unit committee.

However, he later told police that the mob attacked him and he was forced to confess to the statement. He also said they gave him the machete which he was holding in the first video. The incident happened at around 1 am on Thursday.

Jishnu was allegedly attacked by the mob for one-and-a-half hours. Police rescued him and admitted him to a hospital. The accused are charged with attempt to murder and various sections of Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Jishnu is also booked for damaging the flex based on the complaint of SDPI workers.

Jishnu was returning after dropping a friend when three SDPI workers stopped him. They later called more people to the location and attacked him brutally, he said.

DYFI state secretary V Vaseef said Jishnu faced a brutal attack from the mob.

Muslim League leaders said their workers were not part of the mob.

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