Kathiroor Manoj murder: Accused got doctors' help before and after murder

The CBI has mentioned two instances in which Vikraman, the first accused in the case, received favours from doctors in Kannur

Published: 01st September 2017 07:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st September 2017 07:49 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

KOCHI: The CBI’s investigation into the murder of RSS leader Kathiroor Manoj – which unearthed the involvement of CPM’s P Jayarajan – has also pointed fingers at some doctors who aided Vikraman, the first accused, before and after the murder.In the supplementary chargesheet it filed on Thursday, the CBI has mentioned two instances in which Vikraman received favours from doctors in Kannur, said CBI officers. “Dr Latheesh, who was the RMO in the Kannur District Hospital, had issued a referral letter to Vikraman before the crime took place. P Jayarajan influenced Latheesh into doing so. The doctor used a forged letterhead of the Kannur District Hospital to refer Vikraman to NIMHANS for de-addiction treatment,” said a CBI officer.

The de-addiction treatment move was planned after Vikraman’s father-in-law informed Jayarajan of the former’s alcohol addiction and the abuse his daughter, Vikraman’s wife, suffered at his hands. Jayarajan had used the information to take Vikraman into confidence for executing his wish to have Manoj killed. “Based on Latheesh’s false letter, Vikraman got admitted for de-addiction treatment. Jayarajan frequently contacted the accused while the latter was under treatment. But he stopped doing so all of a sudden to distance himself from the accused,” the officer said. 

Following the crime, an injured Vikraman was taken to Payyanur Cooperative Hospital where Dr Nabil Beeran enquired about his injuries. Vikraman remained tight-lipped, though.“Soon, the CPM Payyanur area secretary contacted Dr Kunjikannan, the CMO of the hospital, who then spoke to Beeran and told him to attend to Vikraman and not report it as a medico-legal case. Though an outpatient slip was obtained to treat Vikraman, the information was not entered or recorded,” the officer said.

Will face the case legally: Jayarajan

With the CBI naming him as the “principal conspirator” in the Kathirur Manoj murder case, CPM district secretary P Jayarajan told Express he will face the case legally. “The party has decided to fight the case legally. It is known the court has not accepted the charge sheet. The charge sheet has been filed hastily on demands from the BJP as they are losing in the fight against the CPM. Also, the CBI has not consulted the state government on imposing the the imposition of UAPA. The UAPA was slapped during the previous UDF regime. The LDF government has decided not to impose UAPA charges in the case. This shows the CBI has submitted the charge sheet under pressure,” he said.

UAPA charges: CPM to explore all options

The CBI chargesheet slapping UAPA charges on P Jayarajan is part of the BJP Government’s revengeful approach to the CPM, said party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. The party will explore all political and legal options to prove Jayarajan’s innocence, he said.  In a statement here, Kodiyeri said invoking UAPA was an encroachment on the state government’s powers. “The Union Government giving nod for slapping UAPA was part of its move to suppress political opponents using the CBI. The party will make necessary interventions to prove Jayarajan’s innocence by exploring all legal and political options,” Kodiyeri said.



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