Three more to be examined today

The Special Additional District and Sessions Court (Marad Cases) carrying out the trial in the murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader T.P. Chandrasekharan at Onchiyam in May last examined two more witnesses on Thursday.

They deposed before special judge R. Narayana Pisharadi and they were examined by special prosecutor P. Kumarankutty. The case related to a hired gang hacking Chandrasekharan to death at Onchiyam on May 4, 2012.

One of the witnesses, E.K. Shijil, said he had seen Padayankandi Ravindran alias M.K. Ravindran, a member of the Orkkatteri local committee of the CPI(M), giving an invitation letter to Chandrasekharan at 7 p.m. on May 2, 2012.

During that time, two persons arrived on a motorcycle at Orkatteri town, waited there for some time as if scouting for someone at a bus stop. Afterwards, they had met K.C. Ramachandran, member, Kunnummakkara local committee, of the CPI(M).

Then Shijil was with his friends at the bus stop on the Kainatti-Kuttiyadi road. He saw the duo moving to a flower shop owned by Ravindran and they were closely watching the developments. Chandrasekharan was, at that time, in front of a mobile phone shop on the opposite side of the road. Subsequently, Ravindran crossed the road and handed over the letter to Chandrasekharan, he told the court.

Shijil identified the duo as C. Rajith , accused number 27, and P.M. Rameesh, accused no 28, who had come by the motorcycle to spot Chandrasekharan. The witness also identified Ravindran, accused number 30, and Ramchandran, accused number eight, in court.

During his cross-examination by defence counsels, he denied that he was an activist of the RMP.

In his deposition, another witness, K. Vinod, said two persons had arrived on a motorcycle in front of the flower shop of Ravindran. He also identified one of them as K.P. Dipin, accused number 29.

The prosecution gave up examining two other witnesses, K. Sineesh and M.K. Babu, as they had obtained enough evidence, Mr. Kumarankutty said.

Three witnesses, Rafeeq Abdullakutty, V. Vijeesh, and V. Anil Kumar would be examined on Friday.

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