Verdict on Onchiyam murder case tomorrow
Prohibitory orders clamped by the police in view of the pronouncement of the verdict in the case related to the murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader T.P. Chandrasekharan came into force in rural areas of Kozhikode district on Monday. The verdict will be pronounced on Wednesday.
The orders, issued under Section 78 (regulation to prevent violence) and Section 79 (regulation of public assemblies) of the Kerala Police Act, have been imposed on the Vadakara and Nadapuram police sub divisions. These will be in place for a week.
From today in city
The ban orders will be imposed in the entire city from Tuesday to Saturday.
Nearly 600 police personnel will be assigned for security measures. Squads will be deployed at the Special Additional Sessions Court (Marad cases) at Eranhipalam and at the district jail at Puthiyara, where the accused are housed.
Public assemblies and processions have been banned. Temporary police pickets have been set up between the district jail and the trial court on Mini Bypass, said G. Sparjankumar, Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode city.
The case relates to a section of Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders in Kozhikode and Kannur districts allegedly hatching a plot and employing a seven-member gang to kill Chandrasekharan at Onchiyam on May 4, 2012.
Meanwhile the Home Department has decided to give police protection to K.K. Rema, wife of the slain RMP leader. But she has refused it and has also informed this to the State government. However, two armed policemen in plainclothes will accompany her during her movements.
The special branch (intelligence wing of the State police) has warned of violence in some parts of the district in the wake of the verdict. The security measures have been upgraded considering the intelligence inputs.
Mr. Sparjankumar said that the ban orders, if necessary, would be extended in the city. The order prohibits the preparation, storage, or transport of destructive material, explosives, gunpowder, stones or other projectiles. It bans the exhibition of living persons or corpses or the preparation, exhibition, representation, distribution or dissemination of pictures, symbols, placards, printed matter, pamphlets, books, audio-video recordings, digital records, and posters which may inflame communal or religious passions or offend general standards of public morality or seriously affect public peace or endanger the security of the nation.