Kerala braces for political murder case verdict

Kerala is eagerly awaiting the verdict in the politically sensational T P Chandrashekharan murder case that rocked the state 20 months ago.

By T K Devasia

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Published: Thu 23 Jan 2014, 12:17 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 12:51 AM

The fate of 36 accused in the case, who include several opposition Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPM) leaders, will be pronounced by Special Additional and Sessions Court Judge R Narayana Pisharadi at 11am on Wednesday.

A seven-member gang allegedly hired by a section of the CPM brutally murdered the 50-year-old leader, who rebelled against the ideological deviations in the party, by inflicting 50 stab wounds on him near Onchiyam in the northern district of Calicut on May 4, 2012.

Originally, the police submitted a list of 76 as accused. The prosecution dropped two while two others remained untraced. The trial of 72 persons commenced in December, 2011.C.H. Ashokan, one of the accused, died while the trial was progressing.

Out of remaining 71, the trial court acquitted 20 while the high court stayed the trial of another 15. Prominent among the CPM leaders who are facing the trial are Calicut district secretariat member P Mohanan and Panur area committee member Kunhanandan. The administration has tightened security not only around the court but also in all sensitive areas in Calicut and Kannur district. Prohibitory orders have been clamped in the entire Calicut city and Vatakara and Nadapuram police sub-divisions.

The government has given police protection to K.K. Rema, wife of the slain RMP leader, in view of the threats she received earlier. Though she has rejected it, two armed policemen in plainclothes will accompany her during her movements.

The CPM, which is in the dock in the case, has directed its cadres in Kannur and Calicut not to indulge in any vengeful action if the verdict goes against the party leaders.

The party has also asked them not to celebrate if they are acquitted. The CPM, which had denied any involvement in the murder, had set up a party commission to probe the murder but its report has seen the light so far despite repeated reminders by party veteran V S Achuthanandan.

The leader of opposition described Chandrashekharan as a brave communist who had stood for true communist values.


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