Jailed criminal gang active in cyber world, Kerala government orders probe
The state government on Monday ordered a probe into active use of Facebook accounts and cyber life of members of a supari gang who have been in judicial custody for last 17 months on charges of murdering a CPI (M) rebel leader. The seven-member gang was among the CPI (M) leaders who have been facing trial in the murder of Marxist rebel T P Chandrasekharan in May last year.
The alleged accused in the murder case are now lodged in Kozhikode district jail. Two months back, a kingpin of the gold smuggling gang from Dubai, named Fayas, had visited the accused in jail in the attire of an Arab national. The state intelligence had earlier reported about the alleged accused using phones at the jail.
The gang was found frequently updating their photos about life in jail and liking the CPI (M) events, including last week's party plenum. They had posted photos in flamboyant styles. One of the accused Annan Sijith had posted a comment 15 hours back, saying "don't play with the CPI (M)." (It may be recalled that a BJP worker was murdered in Kannur on Sunday). The pictures also showed the gang members using costly smart phones in jail.
The security lapses at the jail and the freedom enjoyed by the pro-CPI (M) gang have evoked widespread protest from Congress leaders. Congress MP from Kannur K Sudhakaran said the incident exposed the failure of the Home Department. Sudhakaran has been running a battle with his party colleague and home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan over the government's police policy. "Radhakrishnan should answer for this blatant violation of prison rules. It is shocking that the CPI (M) goons have such a freedom to violet prisons rules when Congress is in power,'' said Sudhakaran.
Home Minister Radhakrishnan said he would visit the jail on Tuesday. A high-level committee, comprising the Prisons DGP, the DGP (law and order) and the Home Secretary would probe into the issue.