For the second time, P. Jayarajan, secretary of the Kannur district unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)], who is in judicial custody in the Kannur Central Prison in the case of murder of Indian Union Muslim League activist Abdul Shukkoor, was brought to the Government Medical College Hospital here on Saturday.

Mr. Jayarajan was escorted in a State government vehicle by prison officials and police personnel on Saturday morning, unlike his previous visit on August 8 when he arrived at the hospital in his own car. The incident had then created a controversy, resulting in the suspension of two police personnel.

Hospital sources said Mr. Jayarajan’s visit was for a follow-up to his ongoing treatment. Doctors at the Department of Cardiology in the superspecialty complex had advised him to undergo a cardiac MRI to improve vascularity.

However, on Saturday, it was found that he had a metallic implant in his hand to rectify a serious fracture that he had sustained a long time ago. Therefore, it was impossible for him to undergo a cardiac MRI, P. Muraleedharan Nampoothiri, superintendent of the hospital, said.

Mr. Jayarajan was advised to undergo a treadmill test instead. For that, he would have to come to the hospital again on August 24. He had undergone angioplasty thrice, doctors said.

M.V. Jayarajan’s charge

CPI(M leader M.V. Jayarajan has said that 13 police officers and personnel, including the Deputy Superintendents of Police (Dy.SPs) of Kannur and Thalassery, are resorting to extreme cruelty against party workers in the district.

He was addressing a press conference here on Saturday.

Mr. Jayarajan said two Dy.SPs; the Circle Inspectors of Thalassery, Payyannur, and Panur; the sub-inspectors of Thalassery Kelkam, Payyannur, Kannur Town, Chakkarakkal, and Mattannur; the assistant sub-inspector of Peravoor; and a civil police officer of Thalassery were lashing out at the activists of the CPI(M) as though they were terrorists.

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