Kerala CPM panel members held in political murder case

Kerala police on Wednesday arrested member of Communist Party of India (Marxist) state committee K K Ragesh in connection with the murder of party rebel leader T P Chandrashekharan in May.

By T K Devasia

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Published: Thu 19 Jul 2012, 11:09 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:33 AM

The special investigation team (SIT) probing the brutal murder recorded the arrest of Ragesh when he appeared before them in the morning and later let on bail. He has been charged with sheltering party Panur area committee member P K Kunhanandan, allegedly one of the key conspirators behind the murder. The SIT also arrested CPM Koothuparampu area committee member Dhananjayan on similar charge and released him on bail on two personal bonds. Kunhanandan surrendered before the court following an extensive search by the police.

The SIT had directed Raghesh to appear before them on July 27, but he expressed his inability on health grounds. The CPM leader turned up at the SIT camp office at Vatakara on Wednesday after they registered a case against him under bailable section of 212 of Indian Penal Code.

Ragesh was included as an accused in the case on the basis of a statement of Sarin Sasi, Kannur district secretary of the Students Federation of India (SFI), the student wing of the CPM, who was earlier arrested for helping Kunhananthan.

Sarin had reportedly told the police that he had helped Kunhananthan to live in hiding on the directions from Ragesh. Ragesh termed the case against him false. He told reporters following his arrest that the case was part of the ruling front’s conspiracy to malign the image of the CPM.He said that he will face the case legally and politically.

Ragesh, who came through student politics, had served as all-India president of the SFI.

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