Accused in memorial vandalism case surrenders

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014,0:28 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thrissur | An accused in the case relating to the vandalism of the memorial of P Krishna Pillai, founder leader of the Communist movement in Kerala, at Alappuzha, surrendered before the Investigating Officer here today. The accused Latish B Chandran, a former personal staff of Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, surrendered before the Crime Branch Deputy Superintendent of Police Jayaraj as per the order of Alappuzha Sessions court a few days ago. Chandran is being interrogated, police said. Unidentified persons had on October 2013 set ablaze the memorial and vandalised the bust of Pillai, foundersecretary of the Communist Party in Kerala when it was formed in 1937. Pillai died after being bitten by a snake on August 19, 1948 while he was hiding in a thatched hut of a farm worker at Muhamma in Alappuzha, which was later turned into a memorial.