In a shocking incident from Kerala, a 35-year-old man reportedly killed a class 3 student by slitting throat in Kanhangad, Kasaragod district, on 9 July.
The murder occurred on Thursday morning at 9:30am, while eight-year-old Muhammad Fayad was on his way to school along with his friends and siblings.
Fayad, being an Endosulfan victim, had a limp and was walking behind others when he was attacked near Chandanmullu, according to eye-witnesses.
Though the accused, identified as Vijayakumar fled the scene after killing the child, local residents in the area caught him and was handed over to the police.
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Kanhangad DYSP Harishchandra Naik arrested Vijayakumar, who is reportedly a BJP worker. Investigators will also be looking at whether there is any connection between the accused and the victim's father, Abbas, who is a CPI (M) worker.
While some reports say the accused was earlier arrested for sending a fake bomb threat, other local reports also suggest that the accused is mentally ill.