Kannur: More evidence have tumbled out in connection with the murder of a Youth Congress activist at Mattannur near Kannur. Shuhaib had forwarded to friends the death threat he received on WhatsApp before he was hacked to death. Shuhaib is also heard saying that someone was at his heels.
Shuhaib’s father Muhammed confirmed that his son had received threats to life. Shuhaib had told his friends that he was being stalked, Muhammed said. He also said that the police were yet to contact the family in relation to the investigation.
Political rivalry - the motive?
The FIR, however, points to political rivalry as a motive of the murder. The police have interrogated 30 people in connection with the murder, including members of the CPM and the CITU.
The police suspect that the political tension that had been prevalent in Edayannur for quite some time had culminated in the murder.
Meanwhile, a 24-hour fast is being undertaken by district congress committee president Satheesan Pacheni in front of the Kannur collectorate, protesting the gruesome incident. Congress leader K Sudhakaran said that the murder of Shuhaib, a native of Edayannur, was carried out with the full knowledge of the CPM district leaders.
Sudhakaran said that the Congress would not resort to violence to counter the attacks unleashed by its opponents. “However, the CPM should not consider the tolerant attitude adopted by the Congress as its weakness,” he said. “Do not force the Congress workers to take up arms to defend themselves,” Sudhakaran said, in an apparent warning to the CPM.
KPCC vice-president V D Satheesan alleged that elaborate planning had been carried out before the murder. “Killer groups under the CPM are more skillful than even terror outfits in executing murder plans,” he said. Satheesan Pacheni's fast will conclude at 10 am on Thursday.