After a CPI-M leader was made an accused in the murder of an RSS functionary in Kerala, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh today questioned the silence of the ‘Intolerance Brigade‘ (Congress and other Opposition parties, actors, directors, writers and poets who alleged that there is ‘Rising Intolerance’ in Bharat over the last 18 months and even returned their awards in ‘protest’) on this development.
“Learned that a senior CPI(M) leader (was) named (as an) accused in murder of a Kerala #RSS functionary. Why are the proponents of #intolerance quiet now?” he posted on Twitter.
In a setback to CPI-M in Kerala, CBI yesterday listed the party’s senior leader P Jayarajan as an accused and framed charges against him under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the murder of an RSS functionary.
Jayarajan, the party’s Kannur district secretary who had been summoned by CBI in connection with the probe, was arraigned as the 25th accused in the case relating to the murder of RSS worker E Manoj in September 2014, by a group of CPI(M) workers.
The agency on Thursday submitted a report in the Kannur District and Sessions Court in Thalassery naming Jayarajan as the 25th accused in the case for offences including conspiracy that came under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Jayarajan is the first senior CPI(M) leader in Kerala to be booked under UAPA. The report said that first accused Vikraman and others had murdered Manoj as per instructions from Jayarajan. It also said that Jayarajan was behind the conspiracy to kill the RSS leader and it was he who had organized partymen to commit the crime.
Jayarajan was named as an accused following his consistent refusal to appear for questioning in connection with the Manoj murder case. The CBI had asked Jayarajan to appear for questioning twice in the past three weeks but he had refused to comply with the instruction. It had questioned him for nearly seven hours on June 2, 2015 in Thiruvananthapuram. When the CBI issued notice to him for appearing for questioning for a second time, Jayarajan approached the High Court for anticipatory bail but the plea was rejected on the basis of the CBI’s submission that he was not an accused.
Manoj, Kannur district Sharirik Shikshan Pramukh of the RSS, was hacked to death by a Marxist killer gang on September 1, 2014 when he was proceeding from Kathiroor to Kannur in his Maruti Omni vehicle. The killers had dragged him out and hacked him to death after creating a terror scene by hurling country-made bombs at the vehicle.
The case was first investigated by a special team of the Crime Branch of the Kerala Police, which had named 18 Marxists as accused and had made UAPA applicable in the case. The Kerala Government later handed over the investigation to the CBI following protests for a probe into the conspiracy behind the murder.
According to the CBI, it was Jayarajan’s personal enmity towards Manoj which had resulted in the murder. The attempts of Manoj to woo Marxist party workers in Kannur into the RSS and BJP had enraged Jayarajan, district CPI(M) chief, the agency said.
Incidentally, on 1st Septermber 2015, the first death anniversary of Manoj, 3 dog carcasses were hung from the same electric pole where Manoj’s car had crashed during the assault on him by CPI(M) wokers.