The CPI(M) leaders will have to agree to undergo the test
The investigation of cases reopened on the role of Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders in political murders reported 30 years ago in Idukki has moved into the final stages.
In what is seen as a step before going in for the arrests, the special investigation team, led by K. Padmakumar, Inspector General of Police, Kochi Range, will issue notice to M.M. Mani, former Idukki district secretary of the party, and the leaders O.G. Madanan, A.K. Damodaran and Kuttan seeking their agreement to undergo the polygraph test.
This is being done in connection with the murder of Anchery Baby, a Youth Congress leader, who was shot dead on November 13, 1982. Further investigation was ordered into the case following a controversial speech made by Mr. Mani, claiming that a list of 13 persons to be murdered had been prepared by the party in those years. The investigation team has identified four murders.
If the CPI(M) leaders are willing, the test will be done at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Thiruvananthapuram.
The leaders will be given 10 days’ time to respond to the notice, failing which the team may move in for arrests, it is learnt.
The team is also investigating the murder of Mullanchira Mathai (beaten to death in January 1983), Muttukad Nanappan (stabbed to death in June 1983) and Balu (hacked to death in 2004).
It is learnt that the team decided to go for the polygraph test as the statements given by those interrogated failed to corroborate with Mr. Mani’s speech.
When the case of murder of Anchery Baby was tried earlier, the nine accused were acquitted for want of evidence. Armed with a statement by Mohandas, who was arraigned as the second accused in the first trial, about the role of Mr. Mani and other CPI(M) leaders, the special team went ahead with further investigation. Pleas made by Mr. Mani challenging the move to register a new first information report were turned down by the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court.
Sources say arrests imminent 10 days’ time to reply to notice
Sources say arrests imminent
10 days’ time to reply to notice