THREE WEEKS after a 32-year-old convert from Malappuram district in Kerala was murdered, allegedly by local RSS activists for converting his wife and three children to Islam, his mother has converted to Islam.
On November 19, a day before he was scheduled to fly back to Riyadh, where he worked as a driver, P Faisal, 32, was hacked to death. He was from Kodinji in Malappuram.
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Faisal (earlier Anil Kumar) had converted earlier this year. He had reportedly received threat from Sangh Parivar activists after other members of his family, too, embraced Islam.
Last Friday, his mother, Meenakshi, converted and assumed the name Jameela.
“I had been interested in Islam and had told Faisal about my intention to become a Muslim. But he wanted me to wait until he returned on longer leave a few months later. His murder prompted me to change my mind (and convert immediately),’’ Jameela said.
Jameela said she embraced Islam during the mourning period to look after his son’s widow and their children. “I am not afraid to take up Islam even after my son’s murder,” she said.
According to local police, 11 RSS workers, including Faisal’s brother-in-law, have been arrested in connection with the murder.
Madathil Narayanan, a local RSS leader and a key accused in the case, is reported to be absconding.
The police suspect Narayanan was the main conspirator.
The district karyavahak of RSS in Tirur (Malappuram), Narayanan was among six people, most of them local RSS-BJP activists according to the police, who allegedly killed another convert in 1998 — Ayyappan (alias Yasir), a part-time temple priest who embraced Islam.
He had reportedly helped several other people convert to Islam and was killed in retaliation, the police had said.
While the High Court had convicted all six accused, including Narayanan, and sentenced them to life term in the Yasir murder case, the Supreme Court acquitted them in July this year.