Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Second Additional District and Sessions Court here on Wednesday sentenced four activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to life imprisonment and also awarded a penalty of Rs.80,000 each in the Moidu Haji murder case.
Judge A.M. Babu found the first, second, third and fifth accused - Chathothu Nanu, Chathothu Sasi, Chathothu Balan and Surendran alias Andhiyeri Suran - guilty under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). If the accused failed to pay the penalty of Rs.80,000, they would have to undergone an additional three years in prison.
Moidu Haji, 67, a sympathiser of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), was killed during the political and communal conflagration at Nadapuram in 2001.
According to the prosecution, a large mob, reportedly of CPI(M) activists, attacked the house of Moidu Haji at Thanakkattor in Chekyad at 12.30 p.m. on January 14, 2001 and killed him. The murder was said to be a sequel to the killing of CPI(M) worker Santosh on the previous day.