Jayan Dominic, Circle Inspector, Panur, Kannur district, has testified before the court trying the murder of T.P. Chandrasekharan that he had recovered the Toyota Innova MUV bearing registration number KL-58D-8144 which was allegedly used by the assailants, at Chokli.
In his deposition before R. Narayana Pisharadi, special judge, Special Additional District and Sessions Court (Marad Cases), here on Saturday, Mr. Dominic said that the Vadakara Deputy Superintendent of Police Jossy Cherian had directed him to check vehicles following the killing of Chandrasekharan at Vallikad on May 4, 2012.
The case related to a gang allegedly hired by the Communist Party of India- (Marxist) hacking to death the Revolutionary Marxist Party leader.
Mr. Dominic, who testified as 149th prosecution witness in the case, also told the court that he had been informed by the senior police officer that the assailants could have possibly escaped to Kannur after committing the crime.
Subsequently, he said that he had carried out the checks at various places and the abandoned vehicle was recovered from Punathilmukku around 10 a.m. on May 5. The information that the vehicle had been recovered was passed on to the Dy.SP. Then he was directed to trace the owner of the vehicle. It was found that the vehicle was registered in the name of Naveen Das of Thalassery, he said.
Mr. Dominic said that Das was summoned to the police station and was directed to produce the ignition key of vehicle.
He also told the trial court that he had seized the CCTV footage from Panthackal, Mahe, into custody on May 9, 2012. This was following an order by Thalassery Dy.SP A.P. Shoukathali. Mr. Dominic said that he had received a complaint against N.K. Sunilkumar aka Kodi Suni and his accomplices that they had threatened Santhosh Poyiloor and his two friends at Chokli town on May 4, 2012. This case was investigated by Chokli police, he said.