Thiruvananthapuram/Kasaragod: A special team of the Kerala police will probe the murder of a Madrassa instructor at Kasaragod.
State police chief Loknath Behera on Tuesday issued an order forming a four-member special investigation team (SIT).
Kannur crime branch SP A. Sreenivas will head the team while Kannur range IG Mahipal Yadav will supervise the investigation.
Riyaz, 30, of Madikeri in Karnataka was murdered by unknown assailants in his room adjacent to a mosque here in the wee hours of Tuesday.
Around 1.30 am, after hearing cries for help, the mosque's 'khatib' Abdul Aziz rushed out of his room. But he was forced to withdraw inside after stones were thrown at the building.
He then called out for help through the mosque's microphone and found Riyaz with his throat slit. Even though villagers and the police took a severely injured Riyaz to the hospital, his life could not be saved.
Preliminary reports suggest that criminals, who came on a bike, were behind the incident. The motive was not known.
To protest the murder, the Indian Union Muslim League called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Kasaragod constituency on Tuesday.
The district collector on Tuesday issued prohibitory orders in the district for one week after violent incidents were reported.