Malappuram: An RSS leader has been arrested in connection with the murder of P. Faizal alias Anil Kumar months after he converted to Islam.
According to Indian Express report, police have identified Madathil Narayanan, a RSS pracharak and saha karyavahak in Tirur taluk as the key conspirator who scripted and executed Faisal’s murder.
After the murder, he had gone into hiding but on Tuesday surrendered before the Crime Branch investigating team.
Belonging to an upper-caste Hindu Nair family, Faisal, 32, had reverted to Islam a few months before he was murdered.
On November 19 last year, Faisal was on his way to the local railway station to pick up his parents-in-law, but was hacked to death by a gang of unidentified men who were later identified as Sangh Parivar workers.
So far, 14 other workers of BJP or RSS have been arrested in connection with the murder.
47 year-old Narayanan is a hardcore criminal who is also the first accused in the murder of a priest Ayyappan in 1998. The priest (Yasir) was also murdered after he embraced Islam.
A District and Sessions Court had acquitted Narayanan and five others, but the High Court found him guilty and sentenced them to life imprisonment. However, last July, the Supreme Court acquitted all accused including Narayanan.
“It was his acquittal in the Yasir murder case that further emboldened him to execute yet another murder in the same fashion, that too without any qualms or conscience prick,” said a Crime Branch inspector told The Hindu.