Kannur | In the politically controversial Manoj murder case the central bureau of investigation (CBI) today nabbed three youths from Panur area. The arrested are Riju, Sinil and Biju all CPIM sympathisers. Sinil works as the secretary for CPIM Tholembra branch.
This is the first set of arrests in the case by the investigators after the start of probe by the central agency. The arrested persons will be produced before CJM court in Ernakulam on Friday.
Manoj was the Sharirik Shishak Pramukh for the RSS in Kannur district at the time of his murder. It was on pressure from the state unit of RSS the newly installed BJP governement at the centre decided to hand over the case for investigation by the premier agency.
The state crime branch police that initiated investigation in the case had prepared an FIR enlisting 19 persons as accused and out of which 7 persons were arrested earlier by the state agency. The RSS accuse CPIM of vendetta behind the murder.
The CBI had invoked a stringent anti-terror law while registering a case in the murder of the RSS worker which is alleged to be a fallout of a long-standing political rivalry between the CPI-M and RSS. CBI registered the case against unknown people under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act besides various sections of IPC including murder and the Explosives Substances Act.
The Centre had issued a notification to the CBI for registering a case in the murder of the RSS worker on September one. It is alleged that a gang of workers of a rival political party hacked 42-year-old E Manoj to death after attacking him with deadly weapons and country-made bombs in Kathiroor area and also attempted to kill Pramod, who was accompanying him.
There are allegations that the attack and murder was due to animosity among political groups in the district. Kannur district in north Kerala has a volatile history of rivalry between the CPIM and the RSS. Both sides have lost several workers and leaders in the past. RSS and BJP leaders have alleged that the CPI(M) was behind the killing of Manoj.
Kerala’s Home Department had issued the notification for handing over to CBI the case of murder of Manoj. The state government had decided to hand over the case to the CBI on the basis of a report from state police chief K S Balasubramanian, who did not rule out the possibility of the murder having inter-state and even foreign links.
Manoj was allegedly involved in an attack on CPIM leader P Jayarajan in 1999 and was sentenced in 2005 along with five others by a district sessions court in Kerala to 10-year rigorous imprisonment. However, the sentence was stayed by the Kerala High Court.
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