BJP leaderís murder: Kerala cops reopen 13-yr-old case

The police have reopened a 13-year-old murder case, in which a young BJP leader was hacked to death. The move followed a recent revelation that the police had acted upon a proxy list of the accused produced by the CPM, which was in power then. The reinvestigation may put the CPM on the defensive at a time when senior leaders have been listed as accused in political murders of both past and recent.

BJP Yuva Morcha state vice-president K T Jayakrishnan was hacked to death in front of his students by a gang that entered a school in Kannur on December 1, 1999. Already facing life threat, Jayakrishnan had been given police protection. The police arrested seven people. A session's court sentenced six of them to death and one person was acquitted. The high court upheld the punishment of five and acquitted one. The SC acquitted four and commuted one person's sentence to life imprisonment. Convicted local CPM leader A Pradeepan was released during the LDF regime.

The case got a twist this June when one of the arrested persons in the murder of CPM rebel leader T P Chandrasekharan, said the real culprits in Jayakrishnan's murder were still out. T K Rajesh, accused in Chandrasekharan's murder, told the police that the CPM had furnished the list of accused in the case. Rajesh said that he too was involved in Jayakrishnan's murder. Of the seven arrested, only one was the real culprit, he said. Subsequently, the BJP leader's mother requested CM Oommen Chandy for a CBI probe.

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