Ishnu Raj (22), a Dalit activist of the DYFI, the teens wing of the ruling CPI(M), had suffered grave accidents after being attacked allegedly by people of the SDPI and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), accusing him of destroying their flex boards currently.

A district secretary of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) become arrested on Tuesday in connection with the assault on a DYFI Dalit activist in Balussery vicinity of Kozhikode district of Kerala, police said.

Terming it a major step forward within the case, the Kozhikode Rural police stated that it has arrested Safeer M K, a local chief of the SDPI, political offshoot of the Popular Front of India (PFI), and allegedly a key accused in the crime.

Jishnu Raj (22), a Dalit activist of the DYFI, the young people wing of the ruling CPI(M), had suffered grave injuries after being attacked allegedly through employees of the SDPI and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), accusing him of destroying their flex boards currently.

Nine men and women have been arrested in the case via police earlier, after a video of the incident went viral.

The video showed the sufferer being driven underwater in a pond before being brutally beaten up with the aid of a mob.

Police have booked the accused for the offences of attempt to murder (Section 307 Indian Penal Code), attempt to commit culpable murder (Section 308 IPC), voluntarily inflicting hurt via dangerous guns and means (Section 324 IPC), illegal meeting (section 143 IPC) and rioting armed with deadly weapon (section 148 IPC) and numerous provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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