New Delhi, 20th October(STN): National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrests Shihab @ Babu, a key member of the Popular Front of India (PFI), in the murder case of RSS leader Srinivasan in Palakkad, Kerala on 16th April 2022.
Shihab aka Babu had been on the run since the commission of the crime. NIA’s dedicated absconder tracking team successfully traced him to his residence in Kerala’s Malappuram district and subsequently detained him.
Investigations revealed that Shihab was an integral part of the terror ecosystem being operated by the Popular Front of India (PFI), which was responsible for orchestrating the murder of Srinivasan. It is believed that Shihab, acting in line with a conspiracy hatched by the PFI leaders, harbored Muhammed Hakeem, who, at the behest of PFI leadership, was responsible for the destruction of crucial evidence in the case.
On 17.03.2023, the NIA filed a Chargesheet against a total of 59 accused in the case (RC-02/2022/ NIA/KOC). Subsequently, on 16.05.2023, NIA’s Absconder Tracking Team achieved a significant milestone by tracking down and apprehending Saheer K V, who had been absconding for long.
So far, a total of 69 individuals have been identified as being involved in the conspiracy.