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RSS leader’s murder: Case registered against CPM leader’s son

Thiruvananthapuram — Kadirur police have registered a case under Information Technology Act against Jain Raj, son of P Jayarajan, CPI(M) Kannur district secretary and powerful leader of the party in North Kerala, based on his Facebook post expressing happiness over the killing of an RSS district leader near Kadirur on 1 September.

Jain Raj had put up a post in Facebook expressing happiness over the killing of E Manoj and had also saluted the comrades for the murder.  Jain Raj had first removed this post once it raised a controversy, only to be followed the next day with a more detailed post against Manoj.

Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala legislative assembly and former chief minister and CPM central council member VS Achuthanandan has, however, said that police would take timely action in such incidents. The leader of the opposition, who is totally opposed to the murder politics practiced by the CPM Kannur lobby, has utilised the first opportunity to speak up against his party cadre’s violence, sources observe.

Meanwhile, additional director general of police K Ananthakrishnan, who is heading the investigating team constituted by the State government to probe the Manoj murder, while speaking to media persons said that the UAPA would be used against the accused. Police are in the process of lodging cases against CPM workers Vikraman and Nambidi Shiji and 4 others, according to sources in the department.

Ananthakrishnan told media persons, however, it was not clear whether the killing owed to political rivalry.

The BJP and RSS leadership is petitioning Chief Minister Oomen Chandy and the State home minister Ramesh Chennithala to order a CBI inquiry into the brutal killing of the RSS district leader.

BJP former national secretary and former state president PK Krishnadas, while speaking to this reporter, said that the party would stand firmly for a CBI inquiry into this gory killing and that not only the assailants but also the conspirators should be brought to book. State BJP president V Muraleedharan has already expressed apprehension about the police team constituted by the Kerala Home Ministry as some officials are said to be toeing the CPM line. With such officers in charge, the investigation may be compromised, Muraleedharan suspects.

Krishnadas and Muraleedharan also said that the initial stages in the investigation were very important, as without proper FIR there are chances of the case turning weak.

In the meantime, the BJP and RSS leadership did not take part in the all-party peace conference called by Kannur district collector K Balakiran, dubbing the meeting as a farce.

Political observers are already of the opinion that without the presence of BJP and RSS leaders there is no point in conducting such a peace meeting. Observers also question as to why the Kannur collector has hastily called upon such a peace meeting without taking into confidence the major aggrieved party. It is to be believed that this peace meeting was an initiative of the CPM, which does want to somehow safeguard its leadership from a possible retaliation. It may be recalled that there are several instances of bureaucrats in Kannur toeing the CPM line even though the Congress-led UDF is in power in the State.

Arun Lakshman
Senior journalist based in Thiruvananthapuram

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