Petition submitted by police officer approved

The special team probing the murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader T. P. Chandrasekharan is likely to arrest Karayi Rajan, secretariat member of the Kannur district unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), on the charge of helping the assailants.

Police sources said the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Monday approved the petition submitted by Vadakara Deputy Superintendent of Police Jossy Cherian in this regard. At present, Rajan is in judicial custody at the Ernakulam district jail in connection with the case of the killing of National Development Front activist Mohammed Fazal in Kannur in 2006. This case is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The special team has already charged Rajan under Section 118 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and Section 212 (harbouring offender) of Indian Penal Code.

The accused had taken one of the members of the killer gang, Shijith alias Annan, who was injured in the attack to the Koothuparamba Cooperative Hospital.

Shijith had accidently cut his hand during the attack on Chandrashekaran at Onchiyam on May 4.

The police said the prime accused, N.K. Sunil Kumar alias Kodi Suni, had reportedly told interrogators that P.K. Kunhanandan, member of the Panur area committee of the CPI (M), alleged mastermind behind the murder, and Rajan had wanted the killer-gang to kill Chandrasekharan as soon as possible.

In a related development, an accused in the murder case, Sanoop of  Kunhipally, moved anticipatory bail before the Vadakara Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Monday. This will be considered on Tuesday.

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