Agency Reports, 1 Dec, 2006
Thiruvananthapuram: A 35-year-old man was hacked to death by an armed gang at Kodunganoor in Vattiyoorkavu police station limits on Friday afternoon. The police identified the deceased as Biju alias `Undappan' Biju.
Three persons armed with swords waylaid Biju and his friend, Prajesh, while they were returning from a blood donation camp organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The assailants blocked their motorbike using the autorickshaw in which they were travelling. They exploded two country bombs to create a scare. The gang members hacked Biju to death, while Prajesh managed to escape their wrath. The police have taken Prajesh into custody for questioning.
Police said Biju, an RSS sympathiser, was accused in at least nine criminal cases. He was last arrested in connection with the attack on Kerala Dalit Panther (KDP) activists at Unumpara.
Earlier this year, Biju was arrested by the Peroorkada police in connection with an attack on a local CPI(M) functionary. He also figured as prime accused in three attacks against KDP activists, some of who are known to be pro-CPI (M), in Kunnumpuram Harijan colony.
The police said they had identified the attackers and also the autorickshaw used by them to commit the murder. The assailants hail from predominantly Dalit colonies.
An official said Biju was also closely associated with Maruthankuzhy Ambili and Althara Binesh who are also accused in several cases in the city. He said revenge was the motive for the murder. Biju recently entered the murky business of seizing vehicles from owners who default in the payment of loans taken from private financing companies. Officials said Biju received a death threat on his mobile phone in the form of an SMS on November 11. The police were attempting to trace the sender of the message. A team led by Circle Inspector, Peroorkada, M. Radhakrishnan Nair is investigating the case.
Activists of the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took out marches in the city in protest against the killing of Biju. Meanwhile, a tense situation prevailed at Kodunganoor and Vattiyoorkavu areas. The police were posted in strength to prevent any escalation of violence.
The BJP has called for a hartal in the Vattiyoorkavu area on Saturday.
CPM worker murder: role of drug mafia suspected
Thiruvananthapuram: The police suspect that a gang of drug peddlers, some of them addicts, was responsible for the murder of Muralidharan, 40, a Communist Party of India (CPI-M) worker at Manvila on Thursday night.
Certain local politicians had been passing on information to the police about the activities of the gang.
The police suspect the gang to have killed Muralidharan as a warning to other residents.
Muralidharan was found injured near Irumbupalam at Manvila. He was rushed to Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Muralidharan was employed in the godown of a marble shop owner.
He is survived by his wife, Jalajakumari, and daughters, Aswathy and Anashwara.