In a shocking incident, former CPM leader and Onchiyam area secretary of the Revolutionary Masrxist Party (RMP), T P Chandrasekharan, was killed by unidentified assailants near Vadakara in Kozhikode district on Friday night.
He was riding a bike when unidentified number of attackers in a car waylaid Chandrasekharan and killed him. The attackers also hurled bomb and threatened people who came to his rescue. Later police and locals rushed him to the hospital, but could not save his life.
Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has cut short his Delhi visit and rushed back to Kerala. Chandy has termed the murder as shocking.
Chandrasekhar led a large group of party workers who deserted CPM protesting against the approach of the party leadership in 2008. He was facing threat to his life ever since he left the party and formed RMP, said a source.
RMP has alleged that the murder is pre-planned. Tension prevails in the area as RMP activists blocked National Highway.
The ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) has called a day-long statewide strike protesting against the murder.
Chandrasekhar, who once belonged to former chief minister Achuthanandan's group, had left the party citing ideological shift.
Kerala has been witnessing a steady desertions of veteran CPM leaders from the party. Two-time MP A.P.Abdullakutty from Kannur, K.S.Manoj, former MP from Alappuzha, CPI(M)-backed MLA Alphons Kannanthanam, former MP from Palakkad S.Sivaraman and former SFI president Sindhu Joy, to name a few had deserted the party citing ideological differences.
Latest in the list is R. Selvaraj, former Neyyattinkara MLA who quit the party and now contesting as Congress candidate in the same constituency.
Meanwhile, Kozhikode district secretary of CPM, T P Ramakrishnan, has denied party's hand in the murder.
Acting on the toes, the police have taken into custody five persons in connection to the murder. They have identified seven persons supposed to have involved in the crime. Also, they have taken the custody an Innova car, KL 58 D 8144, hired by the assailants from K.P.Naveendas at Chokli, near Mahe.
The postmortem report says there were 50 wounds by sharp-edged weapon on his body.
Meanwhile, the body of the slain CPI(M) dissident leader was brought to the Kozhikode Town Hall for paying last respects. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Industry Minister Kunhalikutty and Oppostion Leader and CPI(M) leader V.S.Achuthanandan, besides MLAs and different political leaders were present to pay respects to him.