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Karayi Rajan in custody

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The special police team investigating the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case has got Karayi Rajan, Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kannur district secretariat member, in police custody for five days.

The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Vadakara, ordered the remand after he was produced before the court on Thursday.

Previously, the investigation team obtained a production warrant under Section 267 (power to require attendance of prisoners) of the Code of Criminal Procedure from the court and submitted it to the Superintendent, District Jail, Ernakulam. His arrest was recorded on Tuesday.

Rajan was brought to Vadakara from the jail in Kakkanad in the morning amid tight security.

He had been in judicial custody in the district jail in connection with the case of killing of the National Development Front activist Mohammed Fazal in Kannur in 2006. He surrendered before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Ernakulam, on June 22 after the Kerala High Court rejected his petition for anticipatory bail.

Magistrate M. Suhaib of the Vadakara court rejected his petition seeking the presence of his counsel during interrogation. However, the accused was allowed to interact with his counsel while in police custody. He will undergo medical check-ups daily. CPI(M) supporters flocked in front of the court premises shouting slogans in his favour.

The identification parade of K. Shinoj, last of the seven members of the alleged killer-gang, who surrendered before the court on Tuesday, was carried out in the presence of the First Class Judicial Magistrate Court, Kozhikode, on Thursday. Investigators planned to get him in police custody for interrogation on Friday.

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