Kerala Government has informed the High Court that the police already identified the third Maoist as Usman, who is a staunch Maoist with four cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in various districts.
State Attorney K V Sohan informed the court while making submission when the bail petition filed by Alan Shuhaib and Thwaha Fazal came up for hearing. When Police were arresting Alan Shuhaib and Thwaha Fazal, the third man, Usman made a miraculous escape so police could not catch him. Since then Usman has been on the run. However, investigators had not been able to trace his identity even after they secured Alan and Thaha in custody for interrogation. It was Alan who revealed the name of Usman during interrogation, said a source.
A senior officer said C.P. Usman, 40, hailing from Pandikkad, Malappuram district and who has been involved in several cases in north Kerala, was charged with at least four cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in Wayanad, Malappuram and Thrissur districts.
Usman was arrested on similar charges of having association with the CPI(Maoist) and reportedly indulging in carrying out the propaganda of the banned outfit in 2016. One of the cases was registered at the Karuvarakundu police station, Malappuram.
The police have been trying to find the third suspected Maoist in the case after they had taken two CPI (M) workers, Alan Suhaib and Thaha Fasal, into custody on November 1. Both were booked under the UAPA for alleged Maoist links.
Meanwhile, Alan and Thaha were produced before the Kozhikode Sessions Court on Monday and remanded in police custody from Friday. Sessions Judge M.R. Anitha remanded both of them in judicial custody.