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Murder over inter-faith marriage: CBI court finds 2 guilty, acquits 3

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Seventeen years after a Hindu man was murdered allegedly for marrying a Muslim, a court here today found two persons guilty in the case but acquitted three others.

was murdered on September 18, 2001 near the in Kasaragod.

First accused Mohammed Iqbal alias Ikku and second accused Mohammed Hanifa alias Jackie Hanif were found guilty under various IPC sections including 302 (murder) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).

Special Court Judge S Santhosh Kumar acquitted M Abdul Gafoor, A M Muhammad and as charges against them could not be proved.

The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment tomorrow.

The court cancelled the convicts' bail and sent them to Ernakulam sub-jail.

There were six accused in the case but one later turned approver.

Balakrishnan, who was in love with the Musli woman, had married her in June 2001.

His parents had alleged that was stabbed to death by a gang hired by the woman's father Aboobacker Haji, fifth accused in the case.

He was stabbed by the accused who abducted him in a car and murdered him for marrying a Muslim woman, the parents alleged.

The ordered a investigation in 2010 after Balakrishnan's parents filed a plea in this regard.

In their petition, the parents had alleged that the local police and the branch did not conduct proper investigation in the case.

Ikku, who went absconding, was arrested from in 2010 with the assistance of after the CBI took over the investigation.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 17:50 IST