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The Savad arrest and Professor T.J. Joseph case in Kerala

  • Published
    15th Jan, 2024


Disabling individuals at the top is the only effective way to dismantle terror networks.

Arrest of Fugitive in Thodupuzha Palm-Chopping Case

  • Capture After 13 Years: Savad, the primary accused in the 2010 Thodupuzha palm-chopping case, is arrested by the NIA after 13 years, shedding light on the dormant network of the banned PFI.
  • Religious Extremist Assault: The barbaric attack targeted Professor T.J. Joseph for a supposedly 'blasphemous' reference, leading to irreversible losses in his life.
  • NIA's Role: The NIA, taking over the case in 2011, secured convictions but the elusive key accused kept the investigation open.

Shifted Focus on Conspirators and Underground Network

  • Bounty and Arrest: The NIA, offering a ?10 lakh bounty, arrests Savad, prompting a renewed focus on the conspirators and their underground support network.
  • Transformation of Extremist Groups: The roots of the PFI in the outlawed SIMI and NDF highlight the need to dismantle the entire network for lasting peace.
  • Joseph's Perspective: While Prof. Joseph harbors no ill-will, he emphasizes that action against foot soldiers alone won't ensure societal peace; the handlers must be held accountable.

NIA's Ongoing Role and Need for Complete Dismantling

  • Prosecuting Key Accused: The NIA must persist in prosecuting the key accused to disable the entire terror network responsible for the heinous attack.
  • Preventing Resurgence: The focus on uprooting underground supporters is essential to prevent the resurgence of extremist groups in different avatars.
  • Long-term Peace and Harmony: Joseph's perspective underscores that bringing handlers to justice is vital for achieving lasting peace and harmony in society.
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