Thiruvananthapuram, June 27(BPNS)
The car believed to be used by the gold smuggling suspect from Karippur airport Arjun Ayanki was found hidden behind the bushes in a hillock opposite the Pariyaram Medical College hospital in Kannur district.
The police have been on the lookout for the car which was suspected to be involved in the gold smuggling at Karippur airport in Kozhikode district. The recent accident at Ramanattukara in Kozhikode district in which five people lost their lives during a chase between two gold smuggling gangs have shocked the consciousness of the people. Arjun Ayanki from Kannur was a CPM activist and was the party Red Volunteer captain in Kannur and his Facebook page had a huge fan following. However, CPM leadership in the Kannur district and the state leadership immediately took their hands off Arjun after the gold smuggling incidents came on the outside.
The Kannur district police on Sunday evening identified the car using its engine number even as the number plate of the car was removed.
The red Maruti swift car belongs to C. Sajesh from Chembilode who was a CPI(M) member and DYFI Chembilode division secretary. After the news of his car being involved in the smuggling Sajesh was promptly expelled from the party.
Sources close to Sajesh said that the car was always used by Arjun ever since he had brought the car. The CPI-M is in a spot after the names of several of its lower-level cadres came in the forefront in the gold smuggling case. Arjun Ayanki was a CPI-M red volunteer and was the Facebook warrior of the party who used to attack the political opponents of the party in the cyber world.
CPI-M Kannur district secretary M.V. Jayarajan has on Thursday called a press conference and openly distanced from those involved in the gold smuggling case. Party state acting secretary, A Vijayaraghavan also said that the CPI-M will not support any anti-social activities and will not allow any of the party cadres to be involved in such dealings.
The CPI-M which won a record election victory in the recent assembly elections is in a spot over allegations after allegations surfing against the party cadres in the red fort of Kannur district- the home district of party politburo member and Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan.