Kannur: The special investigation team (SIT) which has arrested five persons who were directly involved in the murder of Youth Congress functionary S P Shuhaib at Edayannur near here on February 12, has now intensified investigations to unravel the conspiracy angle of the case.
The two CPM workers, identified as K Baiju, 36, of Therur, near Palayodu, and C S Dheep Chand, 25, of Muzhakkunnu Pala, who were arrested on Monday, were sent to remand by the Mattannur First Class Judicial Magistrate Court. Both of them are headload workers.
All the 11 accused who have been arrested so far in connection with the case are CPM workers. Five of them had directly involved in the killing whereas the other six allegedly helped them carry out the crime by providing information on the victim's movements. They also helped the attackers escape and hide weapons after the crime.
According to the police, Dheep Chand was a member of the gang which hacked Shuhaib to death while Baiju had helped the assailants hide weapons.
The police also seized two swords and a hatchet, presumably used to attack Shuhaib, that were hidden wrapped in a plastic bag inside a bushy area adjacent to the crime spot.
These weapons, along with the three swords recovered from a cashew plantation at Vellaparambu, have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram.
Incidentally, the three swords were found abandoned at the plantation by the probe team a day after the High Court, expressing concern over the progress of investigation, sought to know why there was a delay in recovering the weapons used for the crime.
It was suspected that the swords were purposely placed to mislead the investigation and divert the attention of the police.
The police have been granted custody of Jithin of Muzhakunnu, Anwar Sadath of Thillankery, T P Asgar, and K Akhil of Therur, Palayodu, for further questioning. On Tuesday, they were taken to different places in the district for collecting evidence.