Thodupuzha: Two activists of the Kerala Students Union, who are accused in the murder of Students' Federation of India activist Dheeraj Rajendran, surrendered before the police. Of the total six accused, two are yet to be arrested.
KSU Idukki district secretary Jithin Uppumakkal and its Idukki block president Tony Thekkilakkadan surrendered before the Kulamavu police around 5 pm on Thursday.
Dheeraj was killed during a scuffle outside the Government Engineering College, Idukki, on Monday.
Jithin and Tony were with the first accused Nikhil Pylee when the latter allegedly stabbed Dheeraj to death. The duo will be arrested only after preliminary questioning by the police.
Nikhil, the Vazhathoppu block president of the Youth Congress, was arrested a few hours after the murder on Monday afternoon. Another person arrested soon after the crime was Jerin Jojo.
Both Nikhil and Jerin have been remanded in judicial custody. On Thursday, the police moved an application in the Idukki First-Class Judicial Magistrate Court, seeking their police custody for 10 days. The court will hear the plea on Friday.
On Thursday, the police let off six KSU activists, who were earlier taken into custody for interrogation.
The Idukki District Congress Committee has accused the police of probing the case as per the script penned by the CPM. However, CPM district secretary CV Varghese alleged that the murder was pre-meditated.
One injured discharged
One of the two students injured during the scuffle has been discharged from hospital on Thursday.
AS Amal, a native of Kollam, was undergoing treatment at the Idukki Medical College Hospital. He was sent along with the relatives after he fully recovered from the stab injury.
But, another student Abhijith T Sunil, who sustained stab injuries in his chest, has been admitted to the Thrissur Medical College Hospital for specialised treatment. He was shifted to this hospital from the Idukki Medical College Hospital as per the request of the relatives after it was reported that he developed chest infection.
Special police squad
A 10-member special police squad has been set up under the leadership of Deputy Superintendent of Police Immanuel Paul to further streamline the probe into the Dheeraj murder case.
The police are now mainly inquiring into the phone calls made by the accused after the incident. Many people were questioned in this connection.
Exam held under police watch
Meanwhile, the examination scheduled for students at the Idukki Engineering College on Thursday was held under tight police security. About 13 students appeared for the examination.
Taking into account the security aspect, many students were allowed to write the examination in other engineering colleges in the State.