K K Rema alleges larger conspiracy behind Periya murders

KK Rema alleges larger conspiracy behding Periya murders
KK Rema consoles mother of Periya murder victim Sharathlal

Periya: K K Rema, wife of slain RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan, has sought for an inquiry against top CPM leaders for the murder of Youth Congress activists here in Kerala's Kasaragod district.

CPM district committee member V P P Musthafa had made open threats against Congress workers at Kallyot at a public function on January 7. Rema, who is a leader of the RMP (Revolutionary Marxist Party) pointed out that Musthafa’s speech indicated a larger conspiracy involving the CPM leaders. Rema had also visited the houses of the murdered Kripesh and Sarathlal on Thursday.

Congress had alleged that its young workers were hacked to death by CPM workers.

Police playing along?

Rema also likened Musthafa’s threat speech to that of those made prior to her husband's murder in 2012.

The police report on Periya double murder also sounds erringly similar to CPM’s internal inquiry into TP’s death. The party had led a parallel investigation and found Kunnumakkara local committee member KC Ramachandran had a personal grudge. The police have a similar story in Kripesh and Sharathlal’s murders – local committee member A Peethambaran’s personal vendetta against the victims.

The court verdict in TP case had exposed CPM’s inquiry charade. However, both the police account and party version in the Periya case are the same. Even when new evidence point to political angle in the double murder, the police are eager to stick to the personal enmity angle.

In TP case, CPM internal inquiry report came out only after the court verdict. Ramachandran’s expulsion came only after the court order. But in Periya case, Peethambaran was first expelled from party and arrest came later as a party-planned ploy.

Chandrasekharan was brutally hacked to death on May 4, 2012. A special court in February, 2014, sentenced 11 people, including three CPM workers, to life imprisonment in connection with the case. One of the murder convicts Kodi Suni was arrested last week for the abduction of a Wayanad youth while on parole.

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