THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State Police Chief Loknath Behera on Saturday ordered a Crime Branch probe into the death of NCP state president Uzhavoor Vijayan. The investigation has been entrusted to Crime Branch IG S Sreejith. The DGP ordered a comprehensive investigation based on the directives of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The CM handed over a complaint lodged by the NCP Kottayam district committee demanding a probe into the death, to Behera.
The complaint said Vijayan was mentally tortured by a section of his party members, which led to his untimely death. The controversy regarding the death triggered after a television channel aired an audio clip of a conversation between NCP state secretary and Kerala Agro Industries Corporation chairman Sulfikkar Mayoori. The NCP leaders also urged the government to remove Sulffikar from the post.
The audio clip reportedly revealed Sulffikkar did not mind spending a crore or two in killing Vijayan. After the clip was exposed, NCP’s official group state president T P Peethambaran Master demanded that a police case needs to be registered against Sulfikkar.
The said audio clip justifies the allegation Uzhavoor met with an untimely death because of the mental torture meted out to him by a section of the party members. It is being evaluated that Uzhavoor got exhausted by the alleged abuses and insults hurled at him over the phone. Uzhavoor, who collapsed after his sugar level went high, was first rushed to a private hospital in Kidangoor, and was later admitted to a private hospital in Kochi, where he breathed his last.
Earlier in the day, RTI activist Payichira Navas also filed a complaint before the DGP seeking a detailed probe.