‘Hand-chopped Prof proof of jehadi menace in Kerala’

| | Kochi

Retired college professor TJ Joseph, whose right hand was chopped off by Islamists in 2010 for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad through a question paper for students, is a living proof of the active presence of jehadis in Kerala, State BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan has said.

Talking to mediapersons after visiting the retired professor at his house in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district on Thursday, Kummanam, who is captaining the BJP’s ongoing Jana Raksha Yatra, said the two main political fronts in Kerala — CPI(M)-led LDF and Congress-headed UDF — that had been ruling the State alternately had failed in providing justice to Joseph.

“State CPI(M) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan suspects whether there are any Jehadis in Kerala. The experience of Joseph is the answer to his doubt,” Kummanam, who met Joseph at his house when the party’s all-Kerala Yatra against Jehadi and Red terror reached Muvattupuzha en route to Kottayam district.

A gang of activists of the SDPI, political wing of Islamist outfit Popular Front of India had chopped off the right of Joseph, who was then Malayalam professor at the Church-run Newman College in Thodupuzha, in an attack when he was returning home after Sunday Mass from a local church in Muvattupuzha with his mother and sister on July 4, 2010.

The Islamists had attacked the professor by blocking his car with the van they had arrived in and after creating a scene of terror with explosions. They had unleashed the terror in front of his mother and sister for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad in a question paper he had set for the students of his college.

According to the BJP leader who said the Governments in Kerala had failed in catching the main culprit behind the attack, the forces that had attacked the professor and those behind the alleged efforts to take Akhila, the Hindu woman who became Hadia after embracing Islam, to Islamic State camps in Syria were the same.

“Kerala has already become a haven of Jehadis. The Government and the police have informed the court that Love Jehad is a reality and this is being carried out under the leadership of the Popular Front. Still, the LDF Government of Marxist Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan provided all help to it for holding its conference recently,” Kummanam said.

The Jana Raksha Yatra, flagged off by BJP chief Amit Shah on October 3 at Payyannur, Kannur, toured through Kottayam district on Thursday after covering Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam district.

The Yatra will conclude at Thiruvananthapuram on October 17 after covering 11 of the 14 districts in the State.



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