May 6th, 2012
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TP Chandrashekaran: The brave leader who gave his life for the Left

former CPIM leader and leader of Revolutionary Marxist Party TP Chandreshekaran

Kozhikode: The state remains in shocked after the appalling gruesome political killing of former CPIM leader and leader of Revolutionary Marxist Party TP Chandreshekaran. The body of the leader who was loved and revered by his party members as well as the common man has been placed at the Kozhikode Town hall for the public to pay their last respects. Opposition leader V S Achuthananthan arrived at Kozhikode to pay respect to the martyr who was once known to be his ardent supporter. The body was taken to the town hall after elaborate post mortem conducted at Kozhikode medical College. As per the post mortem report Mr Chnadrashekaran who was attacked and killed by unidentified assailants at Vallikkad near Vatakara has incurred around fifty deep cuts on his face and head alone.

According to police, 51-year-old Chandrasekharan was attacked by assailants who came by a car while he was riding a motorcycle alone. Country-made bombs were hurled at him and when he fell off the motorcycle, he was hacked to death with sharp weapons. His face was badly disfigured. The incident occurred yesterday night at around 10.15. He was returning home on his two wheeler after participating in a wedding. The body was lying in a pool of blood on the road for more than half an hour after which he was taken to the hospital by the police. Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose told the media in New Delhi: “As of now it looks like a pre-planned attack. A special police team has been formed to investigate it.”

Addressing the pressperson here on Saturday, DGP added that Chandrasekharan faced severe threats to his life from various quarters. However the RMP leaders alleged that CPI(M) workers were behind the murder. The party had even thought of giving him security, but he rejected it, they said. (SIT) probing the gruesome murder case, today took into custody the car in which the assassins apparently fled after the incident. The Innova car bearing the registration number plate KL-58-D-8144 was found abandoned. The car was abandoned after washing and cleaning it.

The revolutionary Marxist party activists have blamed the CPIM for this killing that has high political overtones. Leaders of the Congress-led UDF alleged that CPI(M) workers could be behind the murder as Chandrasekharan had been an irritant to the party leadership in their stronghold Onchiyam for quite some time. KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala has stated that
the CPIM cannot wash their hands off.

Condemning the incident, CPI(M) District Secretary TP Ramakrishan, however, refuted the allegation.“Our party has nothing to do with this incident. We are opposed to this type of violence”, Ramakrishnan said. Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor Vaikom Viswan denied the CPI-M’s hand in the killing. “This is (meant) to malign our party,” he said. “We demand an
impartial inquiry.”

CPIM State Secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan while addressing the press stated that his party had nothing to with the incident. “This killing is an act of cowardice. The killing is part of UDF conspiracy. Quotation team is behind the killing. The use of quotation team to bring down an individual is the manner generally employed by the UDF,” he said.

Home Minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan condemned the incident and said an effective investigation would be conducted and culprits brought to book.

Chandrasekharan had left the CPI-M in 2008. In the 2009 local bodies polls, he led his newly formed Revolutionary Marxist Party to victory in his home Panchayat in Onchiyam and also in the nearby villages. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said, “There are leads on what has happened. We will wait for the investigation to be completed. This is a gruesome incident. The
chief minister said Chandrasekharan had told him earlier that he was being threatened by CPI-M workers.”


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