THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The special Crime Branch squad probing the death of former NCP state president Uzhavoor Vijayan has recommended to the government to register an FIR against party state secretary Sulfikar Mayoori.S Sreejith, IGP (Crimes) will soon submit a report to state police chief Loknath Behera in this regard. The Crime Branch has recommended registering a case against him under sections IPC 120, 506 and IT Act (67).
In the report, it is said Sulfikar should be booked for threatening Vijayan through phone and this worried Vijayan, worsening his health condition. Sulfikar, who is also the chairman of Kerala Agro Industries Corporation, is alleged of making life-threatening calls to Vijayan days before the latter died in the hospital in Kochi on July 23.
Uzhavoor Vijayan was allegedly facing threats within the party for opposing Thomas Chandy to become a minister as a replacement for former Transport Minister A K Saseendran. Saseendran stepped down from the minister post after he faced allegations over an obscene phone call with a woman. When Chandy became the minister, Sulfikkar allegedly began to threaten Vijayan.
Sources from the Crime Branch said the investigators will record the statements from Thomas Chandy. The sleuths will also send the recorded telephonic conversations between Sulfikkar and Vijayan to a forensic lab for further examination. However, Sulfikkar said the allegations were false and the conversation was edited.
Earlier, the NCP Kottayam district committee had approached Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with a complaint alleging that Uzhavoor was subjected to mental harassment. The complaint also said Uzhavoor’s health condition deteriorated after he received a phone call. The NCP leaders had also urged the government to remove Sulffikar from the post.
The controversy regarding the death triggered after a television channel aired an audio clip of a conversation between Vijayan and Sulfikkar Mayoori. The audio clip reportedly revealed Sulfikkar 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 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.