WhatsApp hartal: Five, including main conspirator, arrested
Malappuram: The main conspirator in the case relating to the WhatsApp hartal called to protest the Kathua rape case has been nabbed.
Police have recorded the arrest of five persons including the main conspirator in the case.
Kollam Thenmala native Amarnath Baiju is the main conspirator of the unannounced hartal. Police think that there was no political motive behind the hartal call.
WhatsApp groups that were started as an entertainment for youths in the age group of 20-22 were utilised for the hartal call.
The hartal call was made through the two WhatsApp groups, Justice for sisters and Voice of Youth. The youths have WhatsApp groups in the same name in each district.
The hartal call was spread through these groups speedily. The special investigation team from Malappuram arrested the accused from Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.
Police arrested Thiruvananthapuram Kunnapuzha native MJ Syril, Nellivila native Sudheesh, Akhil and Neyyatinkara native Gokul Shekhar.They are being questioned at the Manjeri police station.
The youth will be charged under the various sections including the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
As the hartal called by the youth was taken up by certain political parties, it turned violent.