THALAASSERY: The CBI team probing into the murder of RSS leader Manoj has started collecting evidence from witnesses, locals of East Kathirur and from the relatives of Manoj.
The CBI team also examined the evidence, including vehicles seized by the Crime Branch and kept at Kathirur Police Station.
It was on Friday the CBI team led by DySP Hari Om Prakash took up the case. The DySP Hari had also submitted a report in that regard to the District Sessions Court through public prosecutor Thankachan Mathew.
The CBI is also likely to move a plea at the District Court soon, seeking to shift the accused persons in the case to the prison at Ernakulam and the case files to the CBI court there.
The CBI team will also avail of the service of local police in finding the weapons used for the murder and in tracing the other accused in the case.
The CBI officials had also held talks with Crime Branch ADGP Anandakrishnan and district police chief P N Unnirajan about the progress of the case probed by the Crime Branch so far.
The Crime Branch team has recorded the statements of 217 persons in the case. The Crime Branch had also submitted a probe report of 2,058 pages to the CBI team.
Meanwhile, while considering the private plea submitted by Ludiya, wife of Prabhakaran of Maloor, former CPM branch secretary, that her husband was tortured in custody.