On May 11, Jishad Badruddin, a Kerala Fire and Rescue Services personnel, was arrested for his role in killing RSS worker Sreenivasan. Sreenivasan, a former RSS Palakkad district Sharirik Shikshan Pramukh was hacked to death on April 16 by Popular Front of India (PFI) terrorists. Incidentally, this is the same fire and rescue department that conducted ‘training sessions’ for PFI jihadis in Aluva, Kerala, last month.
Badruddin was posted at Malappuram but was recently transferred to the newly inaugurated Kongad fire and rescue station. Kongad is barely 20 km from Palakkad, where the brutal murder happened. Total arrests in the case went up to 22, including Saddam Hussain, a local maulvi, and Bava, a local school teacher.
Investigating officers confirmed that the fire and rescue officer helped the PFI terrorists on multiple occasions. The accused took part in the conspiracy and, more importantly, leaked a list of BJP leaders to the jihadis. Badruddin is allegedly the one who showed them Sreenivasan’s shop, where the murder took place. He then helped the murderers escape.
That list is stored in the police databank and contains phone numbers, addresses, photos, and vital information about the most vulnerable RSS workers. Kerala police are said to have collected this information to provide extra security.
Though he had no part in it, Sreenivasan was murdered as revenge for killing a PFI unit president named Subair around noon on April 15. Badruddin was on duty and excused himself, lying that his father had had a heart attack. He is a resident of Koduvayoor near Kolappuram in the Malappuram district. The accused officer went to Palakkad and was seen at the government hospital, where police brought Subair’s body for post-mortem. Badruddin rejoined duty around 9 pm.
Badruddin is the Kerala Fire Service Association (KFSA) convenor of the Kongad unit. KFSA is a left-leaning organization, and the question remains as to why our security services need such unions. It also shows the jihadi communist nexus. There are allegations that the Kerala administrative department, in connivance with the communists, is now filled with such infiltrators. It also reminds us of late 1980s Kashmir, and the only difference is that it was the Congress-backed jihadis instead of Marxist ones.
Badruddin joined the police force in 2017. The accused fire and rescue officer also had ties with those PFI activists arrested for the murder of RSS activist Sanjith on 15 November 2021. Sanjith was hacked to death in broad daylight in front of his wife on a busy Palakkad street.
A government lower primary school teacher named Bava, a divisional president of the PFI, was arrested on May 7. He was the one who conspired and helped the terrorists who killed Sanjith and is the main accused in that murder case. How he went underground for five months is still a mystery.
Police did ‘arrest’ him and explained that he was hiding in Malappuram, Palakkad, and Kozhikode. Bava planned, executed, helped the terrorists go into hiding, and absconded. It suggests that these are trained criminals. The Kerala education department was forced to suspend him when he failed to turn up on the day of his retirement, aged 57.
Bava was finally apprehended from the Thrissur bus stand, taking the total number of those arrested in that case to 12. Eight terrorists who took part in the Sanjith murder are yet to be traced. The Kerala government refused to accept Sanjith’s wife’s plea to hand the inquiry to a central investigating agency.
A shady group called Pacha Velicham (green light) has allegedly infiltrated deep inside the Kerala police force. They have become so powerful that they make sure that honest police officers do not perform their duties. Allegedly, arrests are only made as and when the terrorists give up themselves, as is evident from the case of Bava.
Badruddin, too, was in police custody for the past four days. CM Pinarayi Vijayan, who was in America for treatment, left Kerala a month ago without handing over his official charges. Vijayan himself handles the internal affairs department and returned yesterday morning. It is alleged that his son-in-law and tourism minister PA Mohammad Riyas was the de facto leader in Vijayan’s absence. Riyas’s arrival to the CM post should bring the jihadi menace full circle. There are allegations that the police tried their best to shield and protect Badruddin.