Armed with a shot in the arm for a counter-offensive against the UDF Government, CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has demanded a thorough probe into the disclosures of a former aide of Kannur MP K Sudhakaran on the latter’s alleged role in the bomb attacks on the Savourit Hotel and the killing of a bearer as well as against the Kannur Cooperative Press years ago.
He also asked the government to act in the wake of the claim of the aide that he was a witness to the conspiracy hatched in Sudhakaran’s house to kill CPM leader E P Jayarajan.
Addressing a news conference here on Saturday, Pinarayi Vijayan also demanded that the KPCC and the all-India leadership of the Congress itself should come forward take action.
Pinarayi also feared that the life of Prasanth Babu, the former aide and driver of Sudhakaran, who had made the disclosures, will be in danger. Hence the government should provide adequate police protection to him, Pinarayi said.
Pinarayi, who lost no time in meeting reporters after Prasanth Babu came up with his damning disclosures to the electronic media on Saturday, said that it has become clear that the persons booked in the hotel and press attacks were not the actual culprits.
The government, which is even slapping cases on the basis of remarks passed by leaders in the course of a public speech, should immediately order a fresh probe into the incidents, he demanded.
“The style of functioning of Sudhakaran is known to all of us very well. It is not new to hear Sudhakaran’s involvement and support to acts of violence and the unsuccessful bids on the life of E P Jayarajan at his instance. What is new in Prasanth Babu’s disclosures was that the conspiracy was hatched at the home of Sudhakaran itself.
Prasanth Babu had also made it clear that Sudhakaran was involved in the Savourit Hotel bomb attack, for which a quotation gang was sourced. Hotel bearer Nanu was killed, a Congressman lost one of his hands and a relative of an IUML leader lost his eye in the attack. Sudhakaran was also directly involved in the Cooperative Press attack in which a CPM loyalist escaped death narrowly,’’ he charged.
Reiterating that the CPM had nothing to do with the T P Chandrasekharan murder case and that what is going on in the name of probe is according to a pre-conceived script, he affirmed that those involved in the crime will not be there in the party.
‘’Just the arrest of someone is immaterial,’’ he maintained.
He had also a dig at V S Achuthanandan, who had criticised the official state leadership of the party in his characteristic style during the recent state committee meet on the T P Chandrasekharan murder issue.
“Anyone who eats any form of staple food is aware that the CPM has no role in the murder,” said Vijayan, apparently targeting VS.
The Opposition leader had stated that those who are eating rice will not believe the version of the party leadership on the sensational murder.