Kasaragod: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested five CPM members in the Periya double murder case.
A team led by DySP Ananthakrishnan recorded the arrest.
The arrested individuals are Surendran aka Vishnu Sura, Shastha Madhu, Reji Verghese, Hariprasad and Raju. Raju is the CPM branch secretary in Achiladukkam region. Others also belong to CPM's Achiladukkam branch.
The accused were arrested following an interrogation at the CBI camp at the Kasaragod guest house.
The accused will be presented to the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Ernakulam on Thursday.
A single bench of the Kerala High Court had ordered a CBI probe in the case last year. The HC direction came after disregarding the state government's request against a CBI probe into the case.
Two Youth Congress activists, Kripesh, 19, and Sharath Lal (Joshy), 24, were attacked by three motorcycle-borne men while returning from an event on February 17, 2021.
While Kripesh died at the Kasaragod district hospital, Sharath Lal succumbed to injuries on his way to a medical facility in Mangaluru, Karnataka.
Fourteen individuals including CPM local secretaries, activists and sympathisers were listed out as accused in the case following the incident.