5:09 am - Thursday August 17, 2017

‘Kannur’ and the dialectics of political murder

Com : Prakash Karat’s ‘Kannur Model’ has to be dismantled 
Sep 1 : Manoj, RSS Kannur Shareerik Pramukh pushed his friend and BJP activist towards the door of the Maruti Omni he was driving and shouted “Get out and run”. His car, hit by a bomb, had gone out of control and slammed against a roadside post. Moments later assailants armed with swords and machetes rushed the vehicle, pulled the injured Manoj out and hacked him repeatedly. The final cut was delivered with an axe which severed his head. Police later revealed that there were two other gangs waiting along the road to finish the job in case Manoj escaped the first attack. Manoj was the second Sangh worker killed by the CPM during that week.

The party had tried to kill Manoj three times since 1977- Each time he had escaped by a whisker. Kannur, the epicentre of Marxist terror in Kerala has seen hundreds of murders over a period spanning decades. The dead include BJP State Yuva Morcha Vice – President K T Jayakrishnan Master, BJP Kannur District Secretary Pannyannnur Chandran, Tellicherry Shaareerik Shikshak pramukh Satheeshan, Kuthuparambu Thaluk Saha karyavah PP Mohanan and countless other Karyakarthas. Thousands of people have lost their limbs including former Tellicherry RSS Shareerik Pramukh Sumesh and Jilla Karyavah and school teacher Sadaanandan Master who had both his legs chopped off at the knees. Houses have been destroyed and people, mostly Swayamsevaks, been forced out of their homes and villages and never allowed to return.

The ‘ Provocation ‘ and the logic of political murder

Provocation for the latest attacks was sudden erosion in CPM ranks which started as a leak and developed into a deluge. Hundreds of party workers, 431 workers to be exact, from its Kannur strongholds joined the BJP at a public function organised by the BJP on August 24. Till recently, to defy the party in any of the CPM’s ‘party villages’ would attract instant retribution and was unheard of. Manoj himself was a former CPM worker who had left the party to join the Sangh. By targeting Manoj, the CPM leadership aims to send a message to those who might want to defect to the BJP. The Marxists also want to provoke retaliation from the BJP so as to drive a wedge between the cadres of the two organisations thus cutting channels of communication.

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The CPM has always resorted to strong arm tactics to ensure the Party’s survival. They have been relentless and unapologetic about this – ignoring all ‘ peace proposals’ with impunity – safe in the knowledge that their leadership can control the violence and its aftermath. In fact, BJP leader K T Jayakrishnan Master was killed in front of his students at the Mokeri school classroom one day after the CPM signed a ‘peace deal’ in the presence of Former Justice V R Krishna Iyer. Later the CPM killers were felicitated by the party in the very school where they killed Jayakrishnan. The trend continues to this day.

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The only difference is that, nowadays, the Marxists increasingly depend upon professional killers to carry out ‘operations’. The militant cadre who killed for the party is no longer there. Bereft of ideology, unable to attract the new generation and faced with a restive cadre poised to defect rather than fight, the CPM is increasingly using criminals to maintain an atmosphere of violence and fear and thus hold its folk together. The prospect of attracting Jihadi votes in Kerala is another reason why the party continues to target the Sangh and its affiliates.

CPM ‘Kannur Model’ leadership

CPM leader Prakash Karat, on his visit of Kannur this year, had praised ‘Kannur Model’ as something that should be replicated elsewhere. We do not know whether to call these goonda tactics ‘Kannur Model’ or ‘Bengal Model’ since for the CPM, politics and murder seem to be uniformly intertwined. So much so that CPM’s Kerala state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan had reportedly voiced his appreciation for the Party’s ‘Bengal Model’ whereby bodies of opponents would be made to disappear without a trace in salt pits. Pinarai Vijayan himself was allegedly an accused in the murder of Vadikkal Ramakrishnan, the first swayamsevak to be done to death in Kannur. The party’s Kannur District secretary P Jayarajan was also an accused in the murder of Kuthuparamu Thaluk Sahakaaryavah, PP Mohanan. A car registered to this same Jayarajan is identified by the Police as having been used by Manoj’s murderers.

Today, it is difficult to say whether CPM in Kerala is a party controlling goonda squads or whether it is a goonda squad owning a party. The era of humanist communist leaders like Krishna Pillai and AK Gopalan is long gone.In another era it would have been logical to appeal to the CPM leadership for a peaceful resolution in Kannur. In fact, during the 1980’s Bharateeya Vichara Kendram Director P Parameshwaranji who is also the RSS state committee member had initiated a dialogue with CPM ideologue EMS Namboothiripad and told him that the conflict should be at an ideological plane rather than at a physical one. Comrade EMS had agreed but was unable or unwilling to reign in his party criminals. To expect something remotely humanistic from today’s CPM leadership in Kerala would be delusional.

Resolute action needed to dismantle this industry of terror

“Kerala Police was pandering to the vicious instincts of the influential politicians by shielding from punishment those who are really guilty and projecting either innocent persons listed out from party offices..”

…the only solution to end the violence in Kannur district seemed to be a timely intervention by the Union government by deploying sufficient forces that “ will not yield to the political or plutocratic clout by those in powers and out of power..”

Justice V Ramkumar , Kerala High court on March 11,

Amidst the ruins of Kannur, the role of the Kerala Police could have been described as comical but for its tragic consequence. For example – the gang leader who killed Manoj, one ‘Vikraman’ was earlier identified as one of the killers of BJP leader Jayakrishnan Master. This information came out while police were interrogating the CPM murder squad which had killed dissident Marxist leader T P Chandrashekharan. Subsequently the police asked Vikraman to come in for an ‘ interview ‘ He refused to comply. So the Police closed that case !

Simply put, the Kerala Police is scared of the CPM. The Police machinery partially infiltrated by CPM cadres, does not relish the prospect of having to face a vengeful party which comes to power every five alternate years. Hence every murder investigation comes to a grinding halt at the doors of the CPM leadership. That leadership continues to plan, finance and co-ordinate violence and intimidation. Flush with funds, the tentacles of this hydra headed monster rests over the state law and order machinery whichever party is in power.

The tentacles of the party extend even into the prisons where CPM activists are given VIP treatment. One of the first things the CPM state leadership does after an assembly election victory is to visit Block-8 of Kannur central jail where CPM criminals are traditionally lodged. One of first things a new CPM led government does in Kerala is to free jailed party prisoners. The present ruling Congress party leaders of Kerala have a tacit understanding with the CPM in all such activities.

It is clear that the political murders in Kannur will not stop until the puppet masters who plan and orchestrate the dance of death in the God’s own country are brought to book. No state government agency can reach out and to this Job. Only a central Government agency, staffed by competent officers who are safely outside the reach of this deeply entrenched political establishment in Kerala can put an end to this nightmare.

Gireesh P

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