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Police Arrest CPM Activist in Manoj Murder Case

THALAASSERY: In a major breakthrough in the probe into the murder of Elamthottathil Manoj, the district ‘Saririk Sikshak Pramukh’ of the RSS, the Crime Branch special probe team on Monday night arrested a CPM activist.

C Prakasan, the managing director of Patyam Social Service Society, is the arrested. He was booked on charges of assisting Vikraman, the key suspect in the case, to go in hiding, the police sources said.

According to police, Prakasan with the assistance of a CPM activist Ramachandran took Vikraman to a cooperative hospital in Payyanur where he was given treatment for injuries. Vikraman had stayed in Payyanur and Kannur after the incident, the police said.

According to police, Vikraman was taken to Kannur in a blue Innova car after the incident. From Kannur he was shifted to an Alto car and taken to Payyannur. “Prakashan followed him in the official vehicle of the society, a Mahindra Bolero bearing the registration number KL 58 C 1717 to Payyanur. The vehicle is registered in the name of CPM district secretary P Jayarajan. After the treatment at Payyanur Vikraman returned to Kannur a day before he surrendered before the Magistrate.

Incidentally, the same Bolero had been in the news earlier after it was reportedly used to ferry Jayarajan to Kozhikode medical college, after his arrest in Shukkoor murder case in August 2012. The vehicle was used in violation of the law.

“Vikraman  was stayed in the outskirts of Kannur in the night and reached Kannur town in a goods autorickshaw on the day of surrender. And he reached the court riding on pillion of a two-wheeler,” police said.

 

With the arrest of Prakasan, a close aid of CPM district leaders, it has become obvious that the party would land in further crisis after the T P Chandrasekharan murder case.

Meanwhile, a district leader of the CPM reportedly intimidated one of the DySPs of the probe team over phone for taking a local leader of the party into custody. The leader reportedly warned the DySP against taking the suspect into custody.

Inputs From TOI & Newindianexpress

 

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