T P murder probe: Daunting task ahead for SIT

As Monday marks one month since the killing of Revolutionary Marxist Party(RMP) leader T P Chandrasekharan on May 4, a Herculean task lies ahead for the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case.

It has identified the killer-gang, already got clues about the conspirators and even unfolded a conspiracy to kill Chandrasekharan nearly two years ago.

By arresting a district committee member of the CPM, perhaps for the first time in recent political history, the SIT has sent shock waves across the party leadership. But, as rightly pointed out by Union Minister Mullappally Ramachandran and MP K Sudhakaran, the big question still remains. Will the police show the same guts when the probe reaches the ‘big sharks’ of the CPM?

Though most of the perpetrators are still at large and unfettered, the SIT headed by ADGP(Crimes) Winson M Paul has so far done a commendable job. “Being a highly politically sensitive case, the police team has taken a big risk. Ignoring the attempts by the CPM to destroy their morale, the police officials went ahead and literally shook the party. They conducted good investigation, done the basics right, strictly followed legal procedures to avoid loopholes and set a strong foundation for the case, which is highly important. The only job left is to grab the assailants and prove the conspiracy,” a senior police official told ‘Express’.

The SIT has so far arrested 22 men in connection with the case - C H Asokan, K K Krishnan, Padayankandi Ravindran, P P Ramakrishnan, K C Ramachandran, Jyothi Babu, Sijith, Lambo Pradeep, Vadakkayil Manoj, Kajur Ajesh, Jabir, K K Nizar, Saneesh, Dilshad,  Fasalu, K P Dipin, P M Rameesh, C Rajith, Abhinesh, Sinoj, Babu and Afsal. Of these, Koothuparamba area committee office secretary Babu was released on bail.

Police have issued look-out circulars against 13 men including CPM Panur area committee member P K Kunjananthan. Apart from Vayapadachi Rafeeque, SIT is still unaware of those persons who figure in these look-out circulars.

Still, many doubt a possible soft-pedalling of investigation with the two fronts coming into a mutual understanding once the Neyyattinkara bypoll is over. While, a few others predict the chances of the CPM rescuing its senior leaders by surrendering some of its area leaders who are wanted by the SIT.

BJP leader P S Sreedharan Pillai still has reasons to believe that only a CBI probe could expose the real conspirators. “Both fronts - UDF and LDF - are complementary in nature. We can see several such instances. Oommen Chandy had led protest marches seeking probe into corruption allegations against CPM leaders in the Kottayam District Bank. However, he backtracked after assuming the power and nothing happened. Hence, we can’t completely reject the possibilities of a compromise,” he said.

RMP leaders said they are completely satisfied with the present probe. “The police have been pursuing a distinctive way of investigation and it appears effective though main assailants are yet to be nabbed. We won’t be compelling the police for immediate action,” said RMP leader N Venu.

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