The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has issued a lookout circular in the Abhimanyu murder case to nab the eight persons including the main accused who are still on the run. Apart from this, Police have also issued a search warrant to all airports in the country based on a tip that the culprits may leave the country.
SIT has already alerted the police department in the other states too where the accused may have escaped. It is said that the SIT team is focusing on the nearby states, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where the SDPI and PFI have a strong base. The main accused, Vaduthala-native Muhammed has already left Kerala along with his family members. Some police sources said that the culprits might have escaped to the safe havens in either Karnataka or Tamil Nadu. Police pinpointed three places- Bengaluru, Kudagu, and Mysuru.
District Police Chief MP Dinesh said on Saturday that there were certain vital clues about the whereabouts of the main suspect. Meanwhile, as part of widening the investigation, the DGP has handed over the investigation to the Control room assistant commissioner AT Suresh Kumar. Earlier, Central CI Anant Lal was in-charge of the investigation.
Police had carried out raids at the offices and residences of some leaders and workers of the SDPI in various parts of the state. Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is reportedly probing the role of the PFI workers, involved in the hand chopping of a college professor a few years ago, in the killing of Abhimanyu. A police source said that an accused in the palm chopping case helping Campus Front activists in arranging a hostel, from where three of the accused were arrested.
The Police are also investigating the role of radical elements, participated in a march organised by SDPI towards the Kerala High Court last year, in the killing of Abhimanyu.