CPM to disown, expel workers involved in YC men's murder

 Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

Kasaragod: With the police detaining the prime suspect in the murders of two Youth Congress workers at Periya in Kerala's Kasaragod district and their clear links to the CPM well-established, the ruling party in the state is all set to disown and expel the men involved in the brutal killings.

According to sources, the reason for this action is that the CPM leadership believes that the raging anger against the party after the murders may hit the party badly in the coming Lok Sabha elections. The Youth Congress on Monday had called for a hartal in Kerala after the murders of its workers Sharathlal (Joshi) and Kripesh at Periya on Sunday.

Sources inside CPM told Onmanorama that the twin murders had damaged the image of the party when the Lok Sabha elections are round the corner and the party members and leaders involved in the crime would be expelled soon.

“What happened is extremely unfortunate and the party has strongly condemned the murder. The party has decided to expel any member or leader involved because the damage is also for the party when Lok Sabha elections are nearing and the LDF already taking out the 'Kerala Samrakshana Yathra'. We will not defend the accused at any stage and that is why the police could nab the main suspect within hours after the murder. None of them is given any shield by the party and we will not protect them in future also,” said a CPM leader on condition of anonymity.

Sarathlal and Kripesh
Sarathlal and Kripesh

The only option left for the party is to face it and disown the accused, he said. He added that no kind of legal or financial help would be provided to the accused.

Several houses of the CPM workers and sympathisers in Periya were destroyed and libraries were burnt down by Youth Congress workers after the murders. The AKG Club in Periya was also burnt down on Monday.

CPM state committee and district committee members along with MLAs are camping in Kasaragod to review the situation in the area. The leaders are visiting the CPM workers' houses, which were damaged during the protest march led by Youth Congress workers during the hartal on Monday.

Earlier the CPM leaders had decided to visit the houses of the two victims also but that was postponed to avoid any untoward incidents.

“We have not abandoned the plan to visit the houses of the deceased. But the police officials told us to delay it since that might cause issue. Already their (Congress) top leaders are visiting the houses and we have decided not to visit them now,” said the CPM leader.

The police on Tuesday detained for questioning CPM local committee member and main suspect Peethambaran and two others. Three others were already taken into custody by the police on Monday. Apart from this, another CPM supporter whose identity is not revealed has also been detained. According to sources, his car was found abandoned at Pakkam, near Velutholi in Kasaragod district. Police are yet to ascertain their roles in the crime.

Initial reports had claimed that the main reason for the murders was an attack on Peethambaran by Youth Congress workers in retaliation to attack on KSU activists in a college recently.

Youth Congress workers Kripesh and Sharathlal were hacked to death by a gang of assailants at Kallyott, near Periya, in Keralas's Kasaragod district on Sunday. Sharathlal was an accused in the assault on Peethambaran.

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