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Plan plotted at CPM’s office: CBI

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(G.N.S) Dt. 30
Kochi
The conspiracy behind the brutal murder of local BMS leader CT Manoj (Payyoli Manoj, 38) in Kerala’s Kozhikode district in 2012 was hatched at the CPI(M)’s local committee office, the CBI on Friday informed a court in Kochi which left the nine CPI(M) men arrested the other day in the agency’s custody for 12 days.
According to the remand report the CBI filed in the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Kochi, the CPI(M) had hatched the conspiracy to murder Manoj, unit secretary of the BMS in Payyoli and an autorikshaw driver, at its local committee office in Payyoli on February 9, 2012. Manoj, who came under attack on February 12, succumbed to injuries the following morning.
The agency said that the decision taken at the CPI(M) local committee level to kill Manoj was put into practice with the clearance of the area committee. The nine CPI(M) men were arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder on the basis of scientific evidences, the CBI, which had taken over the probe into the murder one-and-a-half years ago, said. The CPI(M) decided to murder Manoj as an act of revenge for the attack on a CITU worker, Babu, and because of his increasing popularity as a political leader in the area, according to the agency. It said seven of the nine CPI(M) men arrested the other day had direct role in Manoj’s murder while the two others were chief conspirators.
Confirming that it was indeed a case of political murder, the CBI said more accused, including two persons who were presently abroad, had to be held. The arrested accused submitted before the court that the case against them was fabricated but the court responded by saying this was a matter to be proved during the trial.
The CPI(M) men arrested in the Manoj murder case on Thursday were district committee member T Chandu, local committee secretary PV Ramachandran, area committee member C Suresh, municipal councilor KT Likhesh, local committee member NC Musthafa, former branch secretary PK Kumaran, P Anoop, Akhilnath and Ratheesh. The CBI had arrested them by calling them to its camp office in Vadakara, Kozhikode for questioning and had taken them immediately to Kochi. Expressing satisfaction at the arrest of the killers and conspirators, Manoj’s widow Pushpa said, “I believe that the CBI would catch all those involved in the act.”
A gang – some reports had put the number of members in it at 25 – of masked men had attacked Manoj’s house on the night of February 12, 2012 and hacked him brutally in front of his mother and wife. Manoj succumbed to the injuries at the Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode the following morning. The local police who probed the murder had registered a case against 15 persons and arrested 14. However, after being released on bail, they and their relatives claimed that they had nothing to do with the killing and that they were victims of the CPI(M)’s betrayal, putting the Marxist party leadership in an indefensible situation. Though the case was taken over by the Crime Branch of the Kerala Police later, Manoj’s relatives and friends alleged that the probe was not on the right track after serious contradictions came up between its findings and those of the local police. The CBI took over the case after Manoj’s friend Sajad moved the court. Meanwhile, the CPI(M) observed a dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Payyoli and adjoining areas to protest the arrest of the partymen who, according to it, were innocents. Though there were reports about tension in Payyoli, no untoward incidents occurred during the hartal. State CPI(M) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said nobody should hope to destroy his party using the CBI.

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