In a huge embarrassment to CPI(M) in Kerala, party’s senior State leader P. Jayarajan was on Wednesday arrested in connection with the murder of Indian Union Muslim League youth wing activist Abdul Shukoor in February.
Mr. Jayarajan, Kannur district secretary, who was summoned by the police for questioning, was arrested soon after his arrival at the SP’s office and taken to a magistrate court.
He has been charged with IPC Section 118 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life).
Abdul Shukoor, an activist of the Muslim League was murdered allegedly by CPI(M) activists at Keezhara near Kannavam in Kannur in February, 2012.
Police claimed that some of the prominent CPI(M) leaders in the district were aware of the circumstances of the murder and they had sought to harbour the culprits.
Mr. Jayarajan was accompanied by party functionaries and a large number of CPI(M) workers when he arrived at the office of the SP, who called him for the second time for questioning.
Mr. Jayarajan dubbed the charge as ‘fabricated and politically motivated’.