//Revenge killing? …….All eyes on Marad panel report

Revenge killing? …….All eyes on Marad panel report

KOZHIKODE: Will the Commission that probed into the Marad killings disprove the contention of the Crime Branch that the massacre on the beach on May 2, 2003, was only a revenge killing?

All the concerned are awaiting an answer to this question after the Marad Commission headed by Thomas P. Joseph submitted its report to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at his residence here on Monday. After receiving the report, Chandy said that further action would be taken based on the report. The government would soon respond to the report after a detailed study.

Among the political parties, the IUML will be more anxious to see the outcome of the inquiry as many of its workers, including a panchayat member, are in the list of the accused. The Commission was appointed in the wake of the allegation, mainly from the Sangh Parivar, that the Crime Branch had not delved deep into the conspiracy behind the killings and did not probe into the role of organisations behind the incident.

It has been pointed out that an organised and planned operation like the one carried out in Marad would not have been possible without the intelligence input, training and funding by a well-knit outfit. But the Crime Branch has not found the role of any such organisations. Its argument was that the murders were just revenge by the friends and relatives of Aboobacker who was killed in 2001. It has also discounted the role of any outside agencies behind the violence.

The Commission, during its sittings, had exposed the loopholes in the Crime Branch probe. One of the accused in the case had visited PDP leader Abdul Nazar Mahdani in Coimbatore jail. However, the Crime Branch had maintained that he had gone to the jail twice to interview Mahdani for a magazine. But the Commission’s inquiry has revealed that the accused had visited Mahdani more than six times.

The panel proceedings have also exposed the infighting in the police force. Former Kozhikode City Police Commissioner Sanjeev Patjoshi and former DIG N. Sankar Reddy fought each other to prove that their actions were right.