One more member of the Sunni tigers force arrested for RSS worker murder

MALAPPURAM: The special police investigation team investigating the murder of the RSS worker Sunil in 1994 arrested one more defendant on the case on Monday.

The arrested person has been identified as Saleem, 44, from. The police reported that he is a worker of the Islamic extremist organization Jam-Iyyathul Ihsaniya ().

Police said the defendant has already confessed to the crime. He was the driver of the jeep in which the other accused of the case escaped after assassinating Sunil. Saleem had recently left the gulf and Pallam stopped him near Cheruthuruthi on Sunday night after police received information about his return.

Police said Saleem is also charged with a similar murder of Mohanachandran in Paloor, near Pulamanthol. Police said the defendant has confessed that he was a driver of a jeep that hit Mohanchadran's motorcycle, returning home after closing his shop.

Previously, the police had arrested four people, who were workers of the organization, in relation to the case. On October 19, police arrested Sulaiman, a native of Pallam in Cheruthuruthi. Sulaiman was head of the Kasargod and Kannur units of the organization. The previous police had arrested Moinudeen, Usman and Yusafali, who were also active workers in the organization.

In 2004, the higher court ordered a new investigation into the murder of Sunil after acquitting the four CPM workers who were previously found guilty by the court of sessions. It was Moinudeen's arrest on October 12 in the case of Sunil's murder that led to the arrest of others.

Police have received information that a former secretary general of the extremist organization, Pazhunnana Husain Musaliyar, escaped to the gulf while police intensified the search for the accused of the Sunil murder case and the murder case of Paloor Mohanachadran. Usman Musaliyar is also charged with the murder case of Thrissur Santhosh, which is one of six similar murder cases being investigated by the special police team led by the Deputy Police Superintendent of Tirur K A Suresh Babu. Husain Muslaiyar is the spiritual guru of Saithalavi Anwariya, accused of the six cases.