Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala has accused the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] of persuading and threatening the witnesses in the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case to turn hostile during trial.

He was speaking to presspersons after visiting the house of the slain Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader at Onchiyam in the district on Wednesday.

Mr. Chennithala said the attempts being made by the CPI (M) to save the accused were shameful and deplorable. The party had hatched a conspiracy for making the witnesses turn hostile.

However, the case would not be affected by the increase in the number of witnesses turning hostile. The government had taken a strong stance in this regard, he said.

The KPCC president and other Congress leaders spent about 20 minutes with the family members of the late RMP leader, including K.K. Rema, wife of Chandrasekharan, at the house. RMP Onchiyam area secretary N. Venu, Onchiyam grama panchayat president P. Jayaraj, and KPCC vice-president M.M. Hassan were present.

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