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Kerala CPI(M) leader faces murder charge

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kerala has suffered a major setback with the State police registering a case of murder against the party’s Idukki district secretary M. M. Mony for his sensational disclosure that the CPI(M) eliminated its enemies during the 1980s according to a list prepared for the purpose.

The Idukki district police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Mr. Mony and a few more people under Sections 302 (murder), 109 (abetment) and 118 (concealing design to commit offence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The FIR was registered on the basis of legal advice received by the government and the police on the course of action in the light of Mr. Mony’s statement.

Mr. Mony had, while addressing a rally at Thodupuzha in the district on Saturday, said that killings were nothing new to the CPI(M), as the party had finished off around 13 Congress workers in the early 1980s.

The first was shot, the second beaten to death, and a third stabbed. Following these deaths, the remaining Congressmen had fled and later returned only after taking the permission of CPI(M) leaders, he had said.

Idukki Superintendent of Police George Varghese told The Hindu on Monday that Thodupuzha Deputy SP Antony Varghese had been directed to register a case on the basis Mr. Mony’s statement. The Thodupuzha Circle Inspector of Police would investigate the cases in question. State Police Chief Jacob Punnoose told The Hindu separately that evidence was being collected to reopen the cases mentioned in the reported statement.

Soon after reports of Mr. Mony’s statement started appearing in the visual media, inferences were made that Mr. Mony was alluding to the killing of Ancheri Baby, Mullanchira Mathai and Muttukad Nanappan, all of them Congress workers, in the early eighties.

Senior police officials pointed out that the trial process in these cases was completed, and the accused were exonerated for want of evidence.

Ancheri Baby was shot dead on November 13, 1982. It is said that the gun produced in court was rejected as unusable by forensic experts, leading to the acquittal of the accused. Mullanchira Mathai was beaten to death on January 16, 1983, but want of witnesses led to the acquittal of 11 CPI(M) activists arraigned in the case. Muttukad Nanappan was stabbed to death on June 6, 1983, but this case too didn’t stand due to want of witnesses.

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