An alleged member of a radical Muslim outfit, accused of attacking a Kerala lecturer, has now threatened a police officer probing the case, police said on Tuesday.
“Rasheed (30), an activist of the Popular Front of India, criminally intimidated Circle Inspector Famous Varghese, a member of the investigation team,” said Rural SP T. Vikram.
According to the police, Rasheed, who is the district secretary of the front, threatened the officer with dire consequences if he continued raiding the houses of its activists.
The police had raided the houses of Rasheed and other activists soon after Sunday’s attack on Malayalam lecturer T.J. Joseph, in which his right hand was chopped off.
The attack took place at Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district, about 220 km north of the state capital.
Jospeh had earlier been sent to jail for preparing a blasphemous question paper that allegedly made derogatory references to Prophet Mohammed.
The Popular Front, formed in 2006, was accused last year of carrying out a ‘love jihad’, under which activists allegedly lured women from other faiths into marriage and then forced them to convert to Islam.