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T.N., Kerala hunt for suspected Islamic ultras

The assailants were identified as M. Thoufique, left, and Abdul Shameem

The assailants were identified as M. Thoufique, left, and Abdul Shameem  

Duo killed an SSI in Kanniyakumari

Preliminary investigations into the gunning down of special sub-inspector of police Wilson, 57, at Padanthaalumoodu checkpost in Kanniyakumari district on Wednesday night, point to the involvement of suspected Islamic extremists.

With the help of CCTV images, the police identified the assailants as A. Abdul Shameem of Thiruvithaancode and M. Thoufique of Malik Dinar Nagar in Kottar, Kanniyakumari.

Police sources said Shameem was involved in the murder of Hindu Munnani activist Suresh Kumar in Chennai in June 2014.

He was arrested with some others but released on bail in December 2019.

He went underground thereafter. Tamil Nadu Director General of Police J.K. Tripathy and Additional DGP, Law and Order, K. Jayanth Murali, who arrived in Kerala on Thursday, had an hour-long meeting with Kerala police chief Loknath Behera and ADGP, Law and Order, Sheikh Darvesh Saheb. The Kerala Police released the police photographs of the suspects and footage from the surveillance cameras.

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