KOCHI: Dramatic scenes unfolded on Thursday when CPM leader V A Zakir Hussain, who has been booked in connection with an extortion case, surrendered before the police, after evading arrest for 22 days.
The ousted Kalamassery area secretary appeared before the City Police Commissioner at around 8am, evading journalists who were waiting in front of the Commissioner’s office.
He entered the 13-storey building through the back door. His arrest was recorded by DCRB AC S Shihabudheen, the investigation officer in the case, at 8.30am.
A team led by DCP Arul R B Krishna, Shihabudheen and Ernakulam South CI Siby Tom interrogated the accused until 2pm. Later, the police took the accused to Ernakulam General Hospital for medical check-up, and then to court.
According to officers, Zakir Hussain denied the allegations raised by the complainant. He told investigators that though he had intervened in the issue between Jube Paulose and Kakkanad-native Sheela Thomas, he did not threaten Jube. The police said Zakir’s custodial interrogation was needed to unearth the facts.
Karukapilly Siddique, who has been ousted from the DYFI, is the second accused in the case, while Thammanam-native Faisal and Sheela Thomas are the third and fourth accused, respectively. Zakir also told the police that he had no links with Siddique, though they knew each other.
Meanwhile, the court denied bail to Zakir on the grounds that being an accused in 15 criminal cases, he would influence the witnesses. He has been remanded in judicial custody until December 1.
Earlier, anticipatory bail pleas filed by Zakir were rejected twice, and he was directed to surrender before the investigating officer. The delay in arresting the tainted CPM leader had triggered a controversy.
The Palarivattom Police registered a case on October 27 against Zakir, based on a complaint lodged by Jube Paulose. Jube alleged that Zakir had intervened in a dispute between him and businesswoman Sheela Thomas.
Those accused in the case illegally confined the complainant and assaulted him. Later, Zakir Hussain called the victim to the party office and threatened him.