Four phones were used in operation, says prosecution

The prosecution in the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case on Thursday told the trial court that four mobile phones had been used in the operation for killing the Revolutionary Marxist Party leader on May 4, 2012.

Special prosecutor P. Kumarankutty, who continued with his final arguments before R. Narayana Pisharadi, judge, Special Additional Sessions Court (Marad cases), made a PowerPoint presentation on the calls to and from these mobile phones and their tower locations. These mobile phones had been used by the accused, including the hired gang who hacked Chandrasekharan to death at Onchiyam.

Mr. Kumarankutty argued that one SIM card was procured on April 26, 2012, and two others, on May 1, 2012, by K.P. Dilshad (20 accused) after submitting forged identity cards.

Separate cases were registered against him at the Vadakara and Chombala police stations in this regard. These phones had been interchangeably used by some of the accused from the day the SIM cards had been procured till the day Chandrasekharan was killed.

However K.C. Ramachandran (8th accused) and member of the Kunnummakkara local committee of the CPI (M) had a mobile phone exclusively for himself.

The SIM card was technically owned by V. Susheela of New Mahe.

It was procured by V. Vijeesh, a prosecution witness who had turned hostile during trial, and was handed over to Ramachandran. This was following a request by E.M. Shaji (23rd accused), secretary of Kallamala West branch of the CPI(M), who was set free by the court under Section 232 (acquittal) of the Code of Criminal Procedure in September.

Tower location

Mr. Kumarankutty argued that Ramachandran had used this SIM card from April 19, 2012 — the day it was obtained — till the murder of Chandrasekharan on May 4. This could be established by confirming the tower location of the mobile phone he already owned. The tower locations of both the mobiles were the same. The call data records also revealed that both phones were used within a short time by Ramachandran, the prosecutor said. Similarly the prosecution established the relationship between P.V. Rafeeq aka Vazhappapadachi Rafeeq (18 accused) and N.K. Sunil Kumar aka Kodi Suni (third accused).

Rafeeq had hired a Toyota Innova from C.P. Haris, a prosecution witness on April 25 for the alleged assailants. Call data records proved that he was calling Kodi Suni at that time. It was on the same day that Ramachandran handed over Rs.40,000 to C.K. Rajith (25 accused). He later deposited the money at the Kodiyeri Cooperative Bank and handed over a cheque to Rafeeq.

Conspiracy alleged

Mr. Kumarankutty also tried to prove the conspiracy hatched by Ramachandran; C.H. Ashokan, former secretary of the Onchiyam area committee; K.K. Krishnan, member of the Onchiyam area committee; and P. Mohanan, member of the Kozhikode district secretariat; at a flower shop owned by M.K. Ravindran, member of the Orakatteri local committee on April 2, 2012. He also presented that M.C. Anoop (first accused), Kodi Suni, Manojan aka Trouser Manojan (11 accused), and Jyothi Babu (12 accused) and Ramachandran had gathered at Sameera Apartments, Chokli, on April 10 for plotting the murder of Chandrasekharan.

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