Incident Summary:

07/04/2010: Assailants armed with knives and an axe chopped off the hand of T.J. Joseph, a Newman College professor, in Kizhakkekara neighborhood, Muvattupuzha, Kerala, India. Following the assault, the assailants threw explosive devices as they escaped the area. The Popular Front of India claimed responsibility for the incident and stated "this hand which insults Islam will not be used in future."




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Kizhakkekara neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Newman College
Specific Description Professor: T.J. Joseph
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Knives and an axe were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Front of India Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Controversial lecturer’s palm chopped off," New Indian Express, July 5, 2010.
"NIA arrests man for 2010 chopping of Kerala prof’s hand," New Indian Express, April 16, 2015.
"NIA arrests one over 2010 attack on Kerala prof for ‘blasphemous question paper’," Hindustan Times, August 5, 2017.