Fresh case registered in murder of RMP leader

05TV_RAMESH_CHENNI_1744302fHome Minister Ramesh Chennithala greets head of the T.P.Chandrasekharan murder case investigation team, ADGP Vinson M. Paul at a function in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Photo:S.Gopakumar

A fresh case has been registered on a complaint seeking a “comprehensive” probe into the larger conspiracy which led to the murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrasekharan on May 4, 2012.

The case was registered by the Edachery police on a complaint filed by K.K. Rema, wife of Chandrasekharan, who is on an indefinite fast in Thiruvananthapuram demanding a CBI investigation into the conspiracy behind her husband’s murder.

The registering of the case may buoy up the chances for the Kerala government to call in the CBI.

Ms. Rema’s complaint has sought a deeper probe into the “meeting of minds” leading to the killing, saying that the earlier investigation which led to the conviction of 11 accused by a special court did not pry further into the murder plot.

In its recent judgment, the Special Additional Sessions Court (Marad cases) had observed that the motive for killing Chandrasekharan “was political animosity”.

The court had further said the killer gang that committed the murder was “tools in the hands of the persons who entertained political enmity towards the deceased”. It had added that “political murders are not uncommon in Kerala”.

The court had found three CPI(M) men, K.C. Ramachandran, member of the Kunnummakkara local committee, Manojan aka Trouser Manojan, former branch secretary of Kadanganpoyil of the CPI(M), and P.K. Kunhanandan, member of the Panur area committee of the CPI(M), guilty of criminal conspiracy for murder in its verdict.

Referring to Rema’s complaint, the Edachery police said it described the nature of police probe into the murder as only “peripheral”.

The police said no names of any CPI(M) leader had been mentioned in the complaint, though it referred to the crime as a product of a political rivalry stemmed from Chandrasekharan’s growing influence at Onchiyam after he left the party to form a splinter group.

It said Chandrasekharan had been able to garner public goodwill within a short span under the political banner of the RMP.

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