6 CPM workers get 10 years RI for murder bid on RSS leader Sumesh


Thalassery: Six CPM workers, including Pottyan Santhosh, have been sentenced to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment for attempting to murder RSS leader M P Sumesh to death more than 10 years ago.

Those found guilty and sentenced are accused, number one to five, Ponnyam Kunduchira Krishnalayathil V P Santhosh; aka Pottyan Santhosh (32); Erinjoly Kudakkalam Kakkadan K Diresh; aka Dhiru (34), his younger brother K Dijesh (33); Thacholy Shiji (33) and Kunjipparambath Jinesh (33) as well as the seventh accused Ponnyam Konduchira Valyakath Sanjir (33).

They were also fined Rs 30,000 each by the principal assistant sessions judge while acquitting Kodi Suni and three others in the case. Pottyan Santhosh is wanted by the police for a murder attempt on CPM rebel COT Nasir in Vadakara recently.

Though the first, third and seventh accused have got additional two years and five months in jail, and the fourth and fifth accused five extra months’ prison term, they can serve their sentences concurrently. The amount collected as fine should be handed over to Sumesh.

Sumesh was attacked when he was coming out of a hotel after having food on March 5, 2008, at Narangappuram at Thalasserry in Kerala's Kannur district.