Jihadi attack on Sabarimala devotee in Kerala
J Satheesh | HENB | Perumpadappu (Malappuram) : A three member Jihadi gang unleashed brutality on Mithun (23), son of Ayroor Thottathil Velayudhan, a Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh karyakarta while returning from a rituals connected with Sabarimala pilgrimage.
Mithun was returning home at night, along with his friends after having taken part in the famed festivity of Ayyappan Vilakku in Ayroor.
According to eyewitnesses, Mithun was sitting in Theertham Kalavedi bus stop along with his friends, after the sacred ritual was over. “The three member Jihadi gang approached him in a friendly manner and made enquiries as to when he was leaving for Sabarimala. When Mithun informed them of the date, the scenario suddenly turned morbid, with the gang charged at him, roaring that he would never leave for Sabarimala. In a moment they unsheathed a sword that was hidden beneath their robes. The attack was aimed to severe Mithun’s head. But as he proceeded to thwart the slash, his palm bore the brunt of the attack. With localities swarming to the spot, the marauders made their escape,” said eyewitnesses.
The attack was happened at around 11.30 pm on Thursday night.
The three Jihadi attackers have been identified as Shafeeq (26), Abu Salih (30) and Shihab (32). All the three have been nabbed by police, as reported.
Mithun was rushed to a private hospital in Perumbadappu, after which he was taken to Thrissur Medical College Hospital. However, facilities for the surgery required for repairing together the severed veins was available only in Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. A grievously injured Mithun was finally admitted to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, with his palm almost having been chopped off and dangling. He is now under strict medical observation.
Mithun’s father Ayroor Thottathil Velayudhan who is Sevapramukh of RSS Thekkam Theeyam shakha, told HENB, “the cause of attack is not clear, but it is suspected as Mithun’s involvement with Hindu Org”.
Trying to murder a Sabarimala bound pilgrim, in order to unleash terror in the district, is suspected to be the prime motive of the Jihadis.