Murder of ABVP activist Sachin Gopal

One more Popular Front of India (PFI) activist was arrested on Wednesday by the police team investigating the murder of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist Sachin Gopal.

The police identified the arrested as Shameer (24), a local functionary of the PFI at Kottali here. He was arrested by the police team headed by Town Circle Inspector Vinod Kumar. The police have so far arrested six persons in connection with the death of Sachin Gopal, who was stabbed by a group of Campus Front of India (CFI)/PFI activists at the Pallikkunnu high school here on July 6 when he was on a membership campaign. He succumbed to his injuries on August 5.

Sangh Parivar march

Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Hindu Aikya Vedi, and the ABVP staged a march to the office of the Superintendent of Police here on Wednesday afternoon demanding the arrest of all accused involved in the murder of the 23-year-old activist. Over 500 Sangh Parivar activists participated in the march, which was barricaded near the Police Club by a large contingent of police personnel led by Deputy Superintendent of Police P. Sukumaran.

Hindu Aikya Vedi State general secretary Kummanam Rajashekharan inaugurated the march. He said the government was trying to implement religion-based criminal laws under pressure from organised religions.

RSS leader Valsan Thillankery and BJP district president K. Ranjith also addressed the marchers.

The marchers demanded a ban on the PFI and the CFI and a probe into the conspiracy behind the killing of the ABVP activist.

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