Kochi. The Kerala BJP on Wednesday, September 4 alleged that CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat had played a role in the conspiracy behind the brutal murder of RSS leader Manoj of Elanthottathil of Kathiroor, Kannur on Monday, Sep. 1 allegedly by a Marxist killer gang even as a specially constituted team of the Kerala Police’s Crime Branch started an investigation into the killing.
The BJP and RSS boycotted an all-party peace meet convened in Kannur on Wednesday by the District Collector saying that such meets were just a farce when the Government was not ready to announce a CBI probe into the murder. The peace meet was irrelevant as the RSS and BJP were not intending to physically react to the murder, leaders said.
“Nothing less than a CBI probe into the murder is acceptable as this was the result of a conspiracy hatched by CPI(M) leaders including its national secretary (Prakash Karat). The Marxist party’s “Kannur model” politics of fascism and Stalinism should not recur in this land,” BJP’s former State president PK Krishnadas said.
Krishnadas pointed out that Karat had during his recent visit to Kannur said that the “Kannur Model” functioning of the CPI(M) was effective in confronting the BJP and that Manoj was murdered after this. This was proof of the involvement of the CPI(M)’s national leadership in the murder, Krishnadas said.
Accusing the CPI(M) of trying to extend its “Kannur Model” to other areas, Krishnadas wanted the alleged role of Karat in the conspiracy for Manoj’s murder be probed. “We are not going to confine our protests against Manoj murder to Kerala. We are planning to make this a crucial issue in the national level,” he added.
BJP leaders will meet Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala as soon as possible to demand a CBI probe into Manoj’s murder. The Sangh Pariwar has already made it clear that they will approach the Centre with the demand for a CBI investigation if the Kerala Government refuses to heed to that.
Manoj (42), Kannur district Sharirik Shikshan Pramukh of the RSS, was brutally hacked to death by a Marxist killer gang at 11.30 AM Monday at Diamond Mukku in Kathiroor near Thalassery. A friend of Manoj, Pramod (50), was hospitalized with critical injuries. The BJP and the RSS had observed a State-wide shutdown on Tuesday in protest against the killing.
Kannur is infamous as Kerala’s Marxist heartland with a history of numerous incidents of murderous political violence in all of which the CPI(M) had invariably been on one side. This politics of settling scores with blood has over the time come to be known as the “Kannur Model” of the CPI(M).
On Wednesday, the specially constituted Crime Branch team began investigation into the murder with Additional DGP S Ananthakrishnan inspecting the scene of crime and the team holding a meeting to discuss the details of the probe. The team, headed by Superintendent of Police (CB) N Ramachandran, also has four Deputy SPs in it.
Ananthakrishnan said the search for the eight Marxists listed in the FIR as accused would continue while the conspiracy angle would also be examined. Three of the DySPs in the team are officers who were also members of the
special team which had probed the sensational case of the murder of TP Chandrasekharan in Kozhikode in 1992, allegedly carried out by the CPI(M).
However, State BJP president V Muraleedharan said that his party had its own doubts about the new probe team. “The required seriousness seems to be missing,” he said. The Government had instituted the Crime Branch probe after the BJP opposed the constitution of another police team headed by an officer, DySP TV Premarajan, who was said to be a CPI (M) loyalist.