UDUPI: The Tamil Nadu Police have arrested the two main suspects in the murder of a special sub-inspector of police at Kalliyakkavilai on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border earlier this month.
The accused were arrested from Udupi railway station in Karnataka on Tuesday noon, said police sources.
The arrested have been identified as Abdu Shameem, 29, and Taufeeq, 27, both hailing from Thiruvithancode near Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district.
Special Sub-inspector (SSI) Wilson was allegedly shot and stabbed by them when he was on duty at the Kaliyakkavilai checkpost in Kanyakumari district on January 8. The 58-year-old SSI was set to retire in few months.
Kaliyakkavilai Police registered a case under Sections 302 and 506 (2) of the IPC along with another section of the Arms Act.
The Police were able to identify the suspects based on CCTV footage near the crime spot. The Tamil Nadu police had announced a reward of Rs. 7 lakh for any information leading to their arrest.
Kerala Police was on high alert after Tamil Nadu police reported that the men who allegedly have links to a terror outfit had fled to Kerala after the shooting.
A five-member gang was earlier arrested from Thenmala in Kerala's Kollam district by the Kerala Police. The Tamil Nadu Crime Branch later took the gang into custody.
A Times of India report from Chennai said that the arrested had links with Khaja Moideen, who is believed to be a mastermind of an attempt to set up a network of ISIS sympathisers across the country. The murder of the cop is believed to avenge the arrest of Moideen.
Moideen was arrested along with two others by Delhi police last week. The TN police investigators suspect this enraged his followers Abdul Shameem and Thoufique. The report said that Moideen and Navas, one of the men arrested with him, were the main accused along with Shameem for the 2014 murder of Hindu Munnani activist Suresh Kumar at Ambattur in Chennai.
All three had skipped bail in December with Moideen and Navas fleeing to Nepal and setting up a hideout there before returning to Delhi where they were picked up. Shameem fled to the southern districts of Tamil Nadu where he teamed up with Thoufique who has a case against him for assaulting a BJP functionary at Nagercoil in 2016.
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