THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Political feud, not personal vengeance, led to the murder of RSS leader Rajesh.The FIR prepared by the probe team said Rajesh’s murder on July 29 was a fallout of a long-standing political dispute between the BJP and DYFI in and around Sreekariyam, rather than a result of personal vendetta as the cops had earlier concluded.
The FIR said the 34-year-old RSS Karyavahak of Edavacode was murdered after he allegedly supported the local BJP workers in a clash between BJP and DYFI at Panachakunnu colony at Sreekariyam recently.
However, city police commissioner G Sparjan Kumar ruled out the murder was politically motivated.
“Media reports in this regard are rubbish. The details in the FIR are based on the statements given by the accused and do not mean the incident was triggered by any political rivalry,” Kumar told ‘Express’.
“We received clear evidence Rajesh and the prime accused Manikuttan were enemies. Manikuttan felt Rajesh ruined his political career and ambitions. That was the political feud. I can say the murder was a result of personal vengeance ‘coupled with local politics’,” he said.
The FIR also said 11 persons were directly involved in the murder. The prime accused Manikuttan hacked Rajesh using a machete with assistance from others.
Behera declares rewards for investigation team
T’Puram : State police chief Loknath Behera has awarded the DGP’s Special Appreciation Plaque and a cash reward to the investigation team in the Rajesh murder case for its efforts in bringing to book all accused within 36 hours of the crime being reported. The team, including the Control Room and Kazhakuttom Assistant Commissioners, Medical College Circle Inspector, besides the members of the city shadow team, has put up a sterling performance in arresting the accused from various parts of the city. Apart from the arrests, the team had put up an excellent show in recovering the weapons and vehicles used in the crime, Behera said in a statement.
Two more arrests
The City Shadow Police arrested two more accused - Ratheesh alias Bhai and Siby of Karimbakonam - who had been absconding since the incident. The duo was shifted to AR camp at Nandavanam and interrogation was on, police said. With the latest arrests, all the 11 accused have been arrested. The nine accused arrested on Sunday have been remanded in judicial custody after they were produced before the Magistrate on Monday evening. Two more persons who allegedly tried to harbour the accused are still in custody. Their arrests will be recorded after the allegation against them is found true post verification.