Deceased Abdul Jaleel | Screengrab: Mathrubhumi News
Manjeri: In the case relating to the alleged murder of municipality councillor in Manjeri, police have nabbed the main accused Shuhaib (also known as Kochu), who was on the run.
After the crime, Shuhaib went absconding. His phone was switched off. Police had a suspicion that he might have fled from the state. The probe was intensified. Apparently, on intimating the matter to Tamil Nadu, the police officials there nabbed him.
The police had already arrested Nellikutthu native Shamzeer and Abdul Majeed for the alleged crime. Shuhaib is also from Nellikutthu.
The alleged crime happened on March 29. IUML leader and ward (16) councillor of Manjeri municipality Abdul Jaleel (52) was attacked at around 11 pm at Payyanad. Jaleel, along with his three friends, were returning in a car after attending a business-related matter at Mannarkkad. The vehicle was parked in Payyanad’s Kuttipara near a restaurant.
According to reports, Jaleel, while leaving the restaurant, got into a verbal feud with members of another group over turning off the vehicle lights. The matter was settled and Jaleel left.
However, the men on bike allegedly followed the car of the councillor. The gang broke the glasses of the car with helmets and blocked it in Payyanad town. They attacked Jaleel and three others in the car. One of them hacked Jaleel causing grievous injuries in the head. He was rushed to a private hospital in Perinthalmanna by his friends. He was unconscious then. Jaleel underwent emergency surgery at the critical care section of the neuro department.
However, on March 30, he succumbed to his injuries. The body of the deceased was shifted to Manjeri Medical College for autopsy. The funeral was held on March 31.
"The murder has nothing to do with politics but was an aftermath of a quarrel resulting in the attack using a weapon," the police said. Meanwhile, UDF observed a hartal in Manjeri on March 31 from 6:00 AM till the funeral of the deceased as a mark of protest over the murder.