Crime Branch questions Rema

The Crime Branch - Crime Investigation Department on Saturday questioned K.K. Rema, wife of the slain Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrasekharan, in connection with its probe into a case that a 75-year-old man with an air gun and sword was found moving near the residence of Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan in Kannur earlier this month.

Sleuths also took statements of Rema as well as her father K.K.Madhavan in the morning. A three-member team of the Crime Branch led by Kannur Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Vishwanathan questioned Ms. Rema at her office at the Cooperative Rural Bank at Vadakara and Mr. Madhavan at the residence of Rema at Onchiyam.

The statements of Ms. Rema and her father had been taken to ascertain whether they had any links with the accused, Kunhikrishnan Nambiar, who had been arrested by the police.

Nambiar had told the police that he knew the family of Chandrasekharan, who was hacked to death at Onchiyam on May 4, 2012.

Ms. Rema said the interrogation lasted 10 minutes. Police officers asked if both of them knew the accused and whether he had ever visited their residence. This person was a stranger to them, she told the police.

The case related to an incident on April 4 when Nambiar from Valayam in Kozhikode was arrested by the Dharmadom police. The local people informed the police that he was suspiciously moving near Mr. Vijayan’s house and hid an airgun he possessed near a bus stop.

Ms. Rema said that she would cooperate with the case but expressed her disillusionment with the Crime Branch’s attitude and approach in investigating cases.

In the case of the killing of her husband, she said none of the top CPI(M) leaders had been questioned even when the police had given a charge sheet stating that a conspiracy was hatched by a section of leaders in Kannur and Kozhikode.

Besides, Rema said she and her family had given evidence against the CPI(M) leaders. No leader had been interrogated in the murder case. However, the police showed no reluctance to question her and her father when a reportedly unsound man gave some statements linking him to their family, she said.

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