New Delhi, July 7: Police are on the lookout for the eight persons including the main accused in the gruesome murder of SFI leader Abhimanyu, a student of Maharaja’s College. The main accused, Vaduthala-native Muhammed left the state along with his family members. A special investigation team (SIT) on Friday decided to broaden their probe to other states suspecting that the accused has escaped to Bengaluru, Kudagu or Mysuru. Also Read - West Bengal Violence: Kolkata Police Constitutes SIT to Probe Vandalism of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's Statue

A lookout circular has been issued by the team to catch the criminals. A police officer in the SIT team said, “SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) and PFI (Popular Front of India) have a strong base in the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. We have received clear information that some of those involved in the murder of Abhimanyu have escaped to safe havens in these states. We will approach our counterparts in these states to expedite the investigation.” Also Read - 2007 Ajmer Dargah Blast: Accused Who Supplied Bomb Arrested After 11 Years in Bharuch

In connection with the murder, the police have arrested four persons and have taken two into the custody. The officer involved with the investigation team reportedly said, “We have got vital information from those arrested. More arrests will be recorded in coming days.” Also Read - Rewari Gangrape Case: Some of Accused May Have Assaulted More Women Earlier, Say Police

“We have received some vital clues about those involved in the murder,” said City Police Commissioner M P Dhinesh reportedly to the media on Friday. The officer did not state if the investigation will be carried on to neighbouring states. He added, “At present, we are not in a position to reveal more about the case.”

Prima facie 15 persons are suspected to be involved in the murder case. Taking into consideration the different aspects of the case, a senior police officer said, “Aspects including conspiracy and the motives for killing Abhimanyu would be probed. Sympathisers of Campus Front and Popular Front of India are linked to the crime. We have information about an accused in the palm chopping case helping Campus Front activists in arranging a hostel, from where three of the accused were arrested.”

Saifuddin, 27, a PFI activist from Nettur, near Kochi, was produced in the court and remanded in custody. Meanwhile, on Friday, about 100 SDPI activists were arrested for marching to Aluva police headquarters in protest of the arrests of their party leaders. Later, police released the activists who were booked for rioting.