CPM in tight spot over court cases

hundreds of Communist Party of India — Marxist (CPM) workers went on a rampage after the arrest of party’s Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan in relation to the murder of Indian Union Muslim League activist A Shukoor, attacking police stations, offices of political parties and even shops and vehicles of those who have nothing to do with the arrest.

By T K Devasia (Kerala Buzz)

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Published: Sat 18 Aug 2012, 12:26 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:52 AM

In contrast, the arrest of CPM legislator T V Rajesh in the same case on Monday did not stir any party worker. Police thought that at least the Democratic Youth Federation of India, which used to be in the forefront of violent agitations, might push its activists to the streets since Rajesh heads the youth wing. But nothing that sort happened.

Hundreds of additional policemen deployed throughout the district to face any eventuality returned to their barracks as the day passed peacefully. Is it because of a conscious decision at the highest level of the CPM leadership not to deal with the cases politically?

Political observers see no reason for the party to back out from its declared stand. Moreover, an unusually mellowed state committee member E P Jayarajan, who addressed the media after Rajesh was despatched to the jail, repeated the stand. Why then the party did not protest the police action against its youth leader?

One plausible reason for the silence is the cost the party has to pay for the consequences. The CPM is already struggling hard to mobilise funds for bailing out hundreds of its activists arrested in connection with the violence triggered by Jayarajan’s arrest.

The high court direction to the lower courts to grant bail to those who have been arrested for destroying public property only after they deposit the value of the same or even more has apparently left the party in a quandary. The party will have to shell out at least Rs22 million to get the release of those arrested in connection with the violence in Kannur district alone. This is in addition to millions of rupees the party will have to spend for fighting the cases registered against party leaders and the quotation gangs hired by them in various political murder cases. In Idukki district alone the party has set a target of collecting Rs40 million for fighting the court cases against less than 20 leaders implicated in three murder cases.

The amount the party needs to collect in Kannur, where the party workers are grappling with three major political murder cases, can be guessed. The number of accused in the T P Chandrashekharan murder cases alone is 76 till now. It may further go up when the police unravel the wider conspiracy behind the brutal murder. Raising funds has not been a problem for the CPM in normal circumstances. But in this case the party will have to sweat hard as the people who used to respond to the party’s call for friends have been alienated by the recent political murders.

To make matters further difficult, the party leadership has not been able to convince its senior leader and opposition leader V S Achuthanandan and some of their allies in the Left Democratic Front that the cases are politically motivated.


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