Kochi: The CBI, probing the role of some Kerala
Police officials in the 2011 murderous attack on a Kollam-based
senior journalist, Monday arrested a deputy superintendent of
police, the second such high ranking official to be taken into
custody in the case.
The official, N. Abdul Rasheed, was later presented before a CBI
special court here which sent him to two days' custody of the
He becomes the second such official to be arrested in this case.
While being taken to the court, Rashid said that he is being
"I am not getting an opportunity to even say what I have to say
and I am being framed," shouted Rashid just before being presented
at the court.
The attack on Kollam-based senior journalist V.B. Unnithan,
working with Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi, took place in April last
He was attacked by a gang with iron rods which left him with
multiple fractures in his legs, hands and ribs.
With the journalists protesting at the slow progress in the
investigation, a three-member gang allegedly involved in the
attack was first picked up. Later when the mediamen cried foul
over they called shoddy investigation, Kerala Police zeroed on
Deputy Superintend of Police Santhosh Nair, who was arrested for
the assault and is now on bail.
The Oommen Chandy government, following request from the
journalists, July last year handed over the case to the CBI.
Rashid's arrest was the first made by the CBI in the case.
The CBI is probing the role of Kerala Police officials some of
whom were upset with Unnithan who had written a few articles on
their working. Unnithan survived the attack though he was battered
and critically injured.
The CBI is also probing the death of one man, 'Happy Rajesh', soon
after the attack on Unnithan took place.