Muslims Cut Lecturer’s Palm in Kerala for Blasphemy B.Com Questions

Lecturer’s palm chopped over controversial question paper

July 4th, 2010

நபிகள் நாயகத்திற்கு அவதூறு ஏற்படுத்தியதாக குற்றச்சாட்டு : பேராசிரியரின் கை துண்டிப்பு

கேரளாவில் தொடுபுழா ஆண்கள் கல்லூரியில் மலையாளத்துறை பேராசிரியராக இருப்பவர் டி.ஜே. ஜோசப். சமீபத்தில் இவர் கல்லூரித் தேர்வுக்கு தயாரித்த கேள்வித்தாளில் நபிகள் நாயகத்திற்கு அவதூறு ஏற்படுத்தும் வகையில் கேள்வி ஒன்றை சேர்த்ததாக குற்றம்சாட்டப்பட்து.

இதையடுத்து, அவருக்கு எதிராக பல்வேறு இஸ்லாமிய அமைப்புகள் போராட்டம் நடத்தின.

இந்நிலையில், கல்லூரிப் பணியிலிருந்து இடைநீக்கம் செய்யப்பட்டார். மேலும், அவர் காவல்துறையால் கைது செய்யப்பட்டு பின்னர் ஜாமீனில் விடுவிக்கப்பட்டார்.

இதனிடையே, முவட்டுபுழாவில் இன்று காலை அவர் தனது குடும்பத்தினருடன் ஞாயிற்றுக்கிழமை வழிபாட்டை முடித்துவிட்டு வீடு திரும்பிக் கொண்டிருந்தபோது, 8 பேர் கொண்ட கும்பல் அவரை சரமாரியாக வெட்டியது.

இதில், அவரது வலது கை தனியே துண்டானது. மேலும், அவரது உடலிலும் காயங்கள் ஏற்பட்டது. அவர் உடனடியாக கொச்சியில் உள்ள மருத்துவமனை ஒன்றில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டார்.

கேள்வித்தாள் சர்ச்சை காரணமாகவே பேராசிரியர் ஜோசப் வெட்டப்பட்டதாக முவட்டுபுழா காவல்நிலைய ஆய்வாளர் பி.பி. ஷாம்ஸ் செய்தியாளர்களிடம் தெரிவித்தார்.

A private college lecturer, out on bail after being arrested for preparing an alleged inflammatory question paper that had triggered protests by Muslims, was attacked and his right palm severed by unidentified persons at Muvattupuzha in the district on Sunday, police said.

The lecturer, T.J. Joseph, was dragged out of his car and hacked with sharp weapons by the assailants while he was returning from a church along with his family, including his sister and mother. His right palm was severed while he suffered cut injuries in his left leg, they said.

52-year-old Joseph was rushed to a private hospital here where he is undergoing a surgery, hospital sources said.

A Malayalam lecturer at Newman College in Thodupuzha in Idukki district, Joseph was arrested in April last after the question paper which he had set for the B.Com II year internal exams sparked protests by Muslim outfits, which claimed a reference to Prophet Mohammed in it had hurt their religious sentiments.

He was later suspended from the college, whose authorities also apologised for the mistake.

Police said they were searching for the assailants, numbering around eight.

Kerala prof hand chopped off for ‘vilifying’ Prophet

PNS | Kochi

In a gruesome incident, suspected religious extremists chopped off the right hand of a college professor, under suspension since March for allegedly preparing a question paper with derogatory references to Prophet Muhammad, at Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district on Sunday morning. The police took into custody 15 persons, reportedly activists of Islamist resistance outfit NDF (presently Popular Front of India), for questioning.

TJ Joseph, a Malayalam professor at Newman’s College, Thodupuzha, Idukki, was attacked by a gang of about ten people when he was returning home with his mother and sister in a car after attending Sunday mass at a church in Muvattupuzha. The assailants, who attacked the professor after blocking his car with a Maruti Omni vehicle, chopped his hand at the wrist and threw it into a nearby compound. He was admitted to a Kochi hospital specialising in limb reconstruction.

State Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, a Politburo member of the CPI(M), said in Delhi that the Government would examine whether the attack was pre-planned and executed by religious extremists. But sources in the police said the attack looked like a well-planned one and that there were strong indications that NDF activists were behind it. The BJP demanded an NIA probe into the incident.

Joseph’s sister Stella, who was with him in the car, said that a ten-man gang had attacked them with weapons like axes and machetes and that he suffered hack injuries in several parts of his body. His aged mother also was injured in the attack. Stella said that the gang had intruded into their house at least three times in the past with threats, adding that complaints about this had been lodged with the police.

The attack took place at about 8.30 am and the police found the Omni used by the assailants by about 3 pm. Forensic scientists, who examined the vehicle, found blood marks in it. By 7 pm, they had taken into custody 12 persons. Intelligence officials said the Popular Front and its political wing Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) had gained strength in Thodupuzha recently.

Inspector General of Police (Central Zone) B Sandhya, heading the investigations, said they had got clear indications about the assailants but refused to divulge details. She said the investigation had been intensified and those behind the attack would be held soon. “A network of police in Idukki, Ernakulam and other districts would investigate the case,” she said.

Thodupuzha town, the commercial nerve-centre of Idukki district, had seen stiff protests by various Muslim organisations in March last when the question paper scandal had broken out. Several persons were injured in clashes with police and prohibitory orders were imposed around Newman’s College. Following this, Professor Joseph, who had prepared the question paper, was arrested and suspended from service.

Demanding an NIA probe into the attack on the college professor, Kerala BJP president V Muraleedharan asked the Home Ministry not to encourage Talibanism in the State. “The Thodupuzha incident proves that Islamic terrorism has strengthened in Kerala. We are not blaming any particular outfit for that. But a tendency to nurture Talibanism should not be there,” he said in Thiruvananthapuram.

Education Minister MA Baby, a CPI(M) central committee member, termed the attack on the teacher as an effort to polarise the society on communal lines. Kerala Congress chairman KM Mani said the incident proved the failure of the State Home department. He said the police had failed to provide security to the professor and his family even after receiving their complaints.

Examination paper row in Kerala turns violent

Police probe attack on kerala professor

Thiruvananthapuram: A professor of the Newman College in Thodupuzha, central Kerala, who has been under suspension over a controversial question in an examination paper, had his right hand hacked. He suffered other grievous injuries in a morning attack Sunday by unidentified assailants.

The professor, T.J. Joseph, was returning from church around 8am local time when a gang armed with weapons including knives and axes pulled him out of the car in Muvattupuzha and hacked his hand. His 83-year-old mother and his sister, a nun, witnessed the incident.

Joseph had been suspended after one of the questions he gave his students in March this year was considered defamatory to Islam. Following the incident yesterday, police were immediately on the investigation trail and found a car in which the assailants were suspected to have travelled to commit the crime.

The vehicle was traced to Nellikunnu near Muvattupuzha.

The assailants threw Joseph’s severed hand away before fleeing. It was later recovered. Joseph was rushed first to a hospital in Muvattupuzha and later to a hospital in Kochi where he underwent surgery.

“There were many people in the car. They broke the windows of our car with axes and pulled him out and hacked him,” Joseph’s sister, Sr Stella, who was visiting him, said. Joseph’s octogenarian mother also suffered minor injuries in the incident.

The chilling incident shocked the state. Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said it had to be investigated whether the assailants had any links to fundamental groups or terrorist organisations.

Indian Union Muslim League chief Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal was among the first to condemn the crime. Catholic church spokesperson Stephen Alathara said the professor had been suspended for his controversial act, and that a wrong cannot be corrected with another wrong.

Alleging blasphemy, fanatics hack lecturer’s hand

Ananthakrishnan G, TNN, Jul 5, 2010, 01.43am IST

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a horrific instance of Talibanism, Muslim fanatics in Kerala on Sunday chopped off the right hand of a college lecturer, accusing him of setting a question paper with a derogatory reference to the Prophet.

Lecturer T J Joseph was returning home from church with his mother and sister around 8.30 am in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district when he was accosted by the attackers. “We had just got into our car when a van pulled up in front. Around eight people armed with swords and knives emerged and pulled out Joseph after smashing the windscreen.
They then chopped off his right hand and stabbed him in the left thigh,” said Joseph’s sister, Mary Stella, a nun.

“When we tried to prevent them, they attacked me and and our mother before exploding bombs and fleeing.”

A police team recovered the severed hand from the compound of a house about 200m away. The 52-year-old lecturer was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is serious.

Police recovered the van in which the fanatics reached the scene. Two men, said to be activists of the Popular Front, a new incarnation of the hardline National Democratic Front, have also been taken into custody. Special police squads are searching sensitive areas in and around the town. “Personnel from this district and neighbouring places are working as a team and we’ll nab the assailants soon,” said IG B Sandhya.

In March this year, Islamic outfits had carried out protests against Joseph, who was a lecturer in the church-run Newman college in Thodupuzha in Idukki district over a portion in the Malayalam question paper for an internal examination for BCom students. They claimed that the question paper insulted the Prophet. The college later suspended Joseph who had set the questions and a criminal case was registered against him. The case is pending trial.

Reacting to the incident, state home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters in New Delhi that the police would probe if any communal or terrorist outfit was involved. The BJP alleged that the home department could not evade responsibility for the growth of terror outfits in Kerala. “This is a direct consequence of the soft attitude adopted by the Left and Congress towards terrorist outfits,” said BJP state chief V Muraleedharan.

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One Response to Muslims Cut Lecturer’s Palm in Kerala for Blasphemy B.Com Questions

  1. விசாரணை நடத்தும் காவல் துறையினருக்கு கொலைமிரட்டல்
    கேரளாவில் பேராசியர் மீது நடந்த கொலைவெறிதாக்குதலை நடத்திய பாப்புலர் பிரண்ட் என்ற அமைப்பு அதை விசாரிக்கும் காவல் துறை கமிஷருக்கு கொலை மிரட்டல் விடுத்துள்ளதாக செய்திகள் வந்துள்ளது. அதுதான் இந்த வீடியோ. அப்ப யார் தான் அவர்களிடமிருந்து நம்மை காப்பது???

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