Thiruvananthapuram, April 24 (BPNS)
The Red fort of Kannur district of Kerala which is the home district of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, LDF convenor E.P. Jayarajan and Chief Minister’s Political secretary P. Sasi is now giving sleepless nights to the district leadership of the CPM.
The arrest of an RSS/BJP worker Nijil Das who is accused of the murder of a CPM worker, Punnol Haridas from a house less than 100 meters from the ancestral residence of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has led to the CPM becoming red-faced.
Haridas was murdered on the early morning of February 21, 2022, allegedly by RSS, BJP workers at his residence. He was a fisherman and had reached back home in the early morning of February 21.
The house which hosted Nijil Das is owned by Prasanth who is an NRI and his wife Reshma, a teacher at a private school in Thalassery. While the CPM Kannur district secretary, M.V. Jayarajan alleges that Prasanth and his wife Reshma are supporters of RSS/BJP, the local CPM leadership at Chief Minister’s village, Pinarayi, said that the family was associated with the party. These diametrically opposite statements from the CPM local leaders and the district leadership have created major confusion among the public.
While Nijil Das is remanded in judicial custody, Reshma who was also arrested for harbouring him, who is a murder accused was granted bail by the Kannur district court.
CPM Kannur district secretary, M.V. Jayarajan while speaking to media persons at Kannur on Sunday said that when Reshma had come out on bail she was welcomed by BJP Thalassery unit general secretary, K. Ajesh and that the advocate who appeared for Reshma was Premarajan who was a lawyer representing the BJP.
BJP state president K. Surendran meanwhile in a statement said that the party was never involved in the murder of CPM worker Punnol Haridas and that the Kerala Chief Minister must answer as to how one of the accused was in hiding at a residence close to the ancestral home of the Chief Minister which is a red fort.
Meanwhile, Advocate P. Premarajan who appeared for Reshma in Kannur district court while speaking to media persons said that the character assassination of his client was taking place in cyberspace and that they will take legal measures against this.
BJP Kannur district vice president V. Manivarnan while speaking to BPNS said, “ It is for the police to bring out the facts. How can an accused stay in hiding at a place close to the residence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan where there is complete dominance of the CPM. Let the police bring out the truth and who was instrumental in the murder of Haridas. We demand a detailed investigation.”