District Superintendent of Police Ilango R told reporters here that a 15-member team headed by a Crime Branch Deputy SP would probe into the case.
Malappuram has always remained a bastion of the Muslim League. E Ahmed was elected to the Lok Sabha from the constituency in 2014 by a margin of 1,94,379 votes. When his demise necessitated a byelection, Kunhalikutty stepped in to win the seat by 1,71,023 votes.
With the largest voter share among Kerala’s district, Malappuram has 16 assembly constituencies. The UDF won 12 of them in the 2016 assembly election, while the LDF scored surprise goals in two seats to claim a total of four.