Affidavit in Shukkoor murder case
: In what is expected to be a huge embarrassment for the prosecution side in the Shukkoor murder case, two prosecution witnesses retracted their earlier disclosure to the police.
The prosecution witnesses, Muhammad Sabir and P.P. Abu, in an affidavit filed in the munsiff court at Taliparamba here in a defamatory case filed against one of the accused in the murder case, stated that they were not present at the Taliparamba Co-operative Hospital on February 20 last when Communist Party of India (Marxist) district secretary P. Jayarajan and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) State secretary T.V. Rajesh were admitted to the hospital after they were attacked at Ariyil, near Taliparamba.
The special team that investigated the murder of 21-year-old Abdul Shukkoor, apparently in retaliation to the attack on Mr. Jayarajan and Mr. Rajesh, had registered a case against the two leaders under IPC Section 118 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with death or life imprisonment) and arrested them. Mr. Sabir and Mr. Abu, the witnesses, had disclosed that they had overheard a local CPI(M) leader and accused in the murder case, U.V. Venu, directing over mobile phone in the presence of Mr. Jayarajan and Mr. Rajesh in the hospital room that the IUML workers (including Shukkoor) captured by CPI(M) workers at a house at Keezharabe be treated ‘properly.’
The U-turn in the two witnesses’ disclosure followed a case filed by K.P. Nandanan, CPI(M) worker and one of the accused in the murder case, in a court here with a plea that a case be registered against Mr. Sabir and Mr. Abu too under Section 118 of the IPC as they had also concealed the information of a design to kill Shukkoor. Following this, the two approached the local court at Taliparamba for defamatory action against Mr. Nandanan stating the news of his filing a case demanding their inclusion was defamatory to them. In their affidavit, the two said that after the news was published in a local evening paper, the IUML workers had looked down upon them for not saving Shukkoor’s life.