Establishing CPM’s role in harbouring Panur Area Committee member P K Kunjananthan, one among the key conspirators in the murder of T P Chandrasekharan, the special investigation team (SIT) on Wednesday took the party vehicle in which Kunjananthan had escaped to Bangalore into custody.
The investigators have found that the vehicle, KL 13 T 6190, has been registered in the name of CPM Kannur district secretary. Kunjananthan went missing while the police issued a lookout circular against him for his alleged involvement in plotting the conspiracy behind the murder of Chandrasekharan.
Responding to the issue, area secretary Pavithran Master then told Express that Kunjananthan had not applied for leave and the party was ‘also searching for Kunjananthan’.
The SIT is now looking into the role of CPM Kannur leadership in providing the vehicle to Kunjananthan. Though the vehicle is registered in the name of CPM Kannur secretary, sources said that the car had been used by Koothuparamba Area Committee.
Earlier, addressing a protest meeting of the activists of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), in Areekode, a few days ago, CPM Politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the party was capable of ‘dodging even the Indian Army if it earnestly wished to so’.
Stating that the police failed to nab Kunjananthan, who then surrendered before the court, Kodiyeri said, ‘neither the police of Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan nor the army of Mullappally Ramachandran would not be able to trace anyone if the party decided to hide its men’.