Slain Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrasekharan had 51 wounds on him, P. Bijuraj, Circle Inspector, Thamassery Circle, Kozhikode Rural, who prepared the inquest, said.

He was deposing before R. Narayana Pisharadi, Special Judge of the Special Additional District and Sessions Court (Marad Cases), Eranhipalam, on Tuesday. The officer said he had prepared the inquest in the presence of an ASI and a senior police civil officer.

The case related to a gang, allegedly hired by a section of leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), hacking to death Chandrasekharan at Onchiyam on May 4, 2012.

Mr. Bijuraj said he had prepared the mahassar based on the statements of the photographer and videographer who had taken the pictures of the body and the doctors who conducted the autopsyHe said the Superintendent of Police (Kozhikode Rural) had directed him to assist the DySP in the murder probe around 11.30 p.m. on May 4, 2012.

Mr. Bijuraj identified the clothes, including the dhoti and shirt, worn by Chandrasekharan on that day. Civil police officer K. Padmanabhan was asked to collect these items from Sujith Sreenivas, Assistant Police Surgeon, who had carried out the post-mortem. During the cross-examination, the officer said he had asked the doctor about the nature of wounds but not their number.

Earlier, Dr. Sreenivas had said the deep incisions inflicted by sharp weapons, such as swords, on the head and face of Chandrasekharan had caused his death. As many as 27 wounds were found, though the exact number could not be ascertained because of multiple injuries. 

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