Family members of slain CPI(M) activists Sujith of Kannur and Raveendran Pillai of Kollam allege that it was not RSS but their own party members had killed them.
Sujith (37), a Dalit artist, was putting up in a colony near Thalasserry, Kannur district, the CPI(M) bastion. Sujith on February 4, 2018. His mother Kamalakshi Amma and the office bearers of Peoples’ Action Committee, a local group, alleged that his dead body was taken to the Thalasserry hospital for facilitating the destruction of the evidences. Addressing a Press conference they said there was no proper inquest. There was an orchestrated propaganda that Sujith had died of cardiac arrest before reaching the hospital. Kamalakshi Amma and the action committee men maintain post-mortem reports from the Pariyaram Medical College suggested that Sujith was choked to death; a noose was tightened around his neck. They added that CPI(M) area secretary was behind the murder, because, he had serious grudge against Sujith. They said, even though Sujith was an active party worker, district secretary EP Jayarajan, a prominent leader in the district, came to pay homage only when the body was about to be taken for cremation. Now, the case has been registered only for unnatural death; the post-mortem report was not considered seriously. They allege the investigation team led by Kannur Dy. Superintendent of Police has not taken the case seriously. So, Kamalakshi and committee members took out a march to the office of the Kannur DSP office on May 30.
Similarly, Bindu, the widow of Raveendran Pillai, the murdered local committee member of CPM and the panchayat councilor in Anchal, Kollam district, has alleged that her husband was killed by his own party men. She says that the local party leadership hatched a conspiracy to kill her husband. She said she and her family members did not dare to disclose this earlier because they were afraid of partymen. She added that party hides the matter because some party workers would be in trouble if truth comes out. She told a news channel that she was sure nothing would have happened to her husband without the party’s knowledge.
After the probe, Crime Branch came to the conclusion that a ‘quotation team’ (hired killers) had attacked Pillai; the reason unknown. Raveendran Pillai had made it clear that the five men listed as the accused were not the real culprits. Pillai, a prominent local leader of CPM, was attacked on January 3, 2008 at Anchal, Kollam district. He died on January 13, 2016 after lying invalid for more than eight years. Bindu told that the then party secretary and the incumbent CM Pinarayi Vijayan and the then home minister and the incumbent party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had visited Pillai’s home the day he died. They had assured the family that the culprits would be brought before law soon. But, they were hollow promises. When the family demanded serious inquiry, it fell on party leaders’ deaf ears. Actually there was a brutal attempt from CPM to make RSS responsible for this murder.
Both cases are similar to infamous TP Chandrasekharan murder of May 4, 2012. The rebel CPM leader was killed by the CPM cadres. But, still the conspiracy behind it remains unearthed, thanks to the compromise politics being practised by both CPM-led LDF and Congress-led UDF. TP’s widow Rema still runs from pillar to post for justice.
The murders of both Sujith and Raveendran Pillai once again unveil the fascist character of CPM. RSS and RSS-inspired organizations have been alleging since long that CPM has been following fascist modus operandi. They kill the political opponents and even their own men if they (murders) serve their purposes. Nationalist forces have been saying since long that CPM is always engaged in attacks against dalits and women. These incidents vindicate that argument. If one goes back to the history of communist movement in Kerala and the political history of the state more skeletons shall be found in the CPM’s cupboards.