‘How can you take a life like this?’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Ramesh Babu let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A day af­ter the bru­tal mur­der of Youth Congress leader M Shuhaib in trou­ble-torn Kan­nur, the fa­ther of the de­ceased said there were at­tempts on his son’s life even while he was in ju­di­cial cus­tody.

Shuhaib’s fa­ther P Muham­mad said he was not happy with the on­go­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sus­pected a cover up to bail out the as­sailants.

Shuhaib (29), Youth Congress Mat­tanoor block sec­re­tary, was al­legedly at­tacked by a group of CPI(M) work­ers who hurled coun­try-made bombs and then stabbed him with sharp-edged weapons on Mon­day. Though the CPI(M) claimed no role in the mur­der, Congress and other op­po­si­tion par­ties said it was “a well-planned ex­e­cu­tion car­ried out by the party”.

“How can you kill my son over a mi­nor in­ci­dent in a lo­cal school elec­tion? Com­mu­nists talk big about hu­mans rights ev­ery­where but what they are do­ing in Kan­nur is bar­baric. My son was hounded and ex­e­cuted,” he said, adding no fam­ily should suf­fer such a fate.

Muham­mad said his son was tar­geted by lo­cal CPI(M) lead­ers and im­pli­cated in false cases ever since the Ker­ala Stu­dents Union (Congress stu­dent wing) won the elec­tion in Edayanoor Higher Sec­ondary School in Septem­ber last year.

“He was im­pli­cated in a case in­volv­ing an at­tack on work­ers of the Cen­tre of In­dian Trade Unions (CITU). While in ju­di­cial cus­tody there were at­tempts on his life but some­how he was saved. Af­ter his re­lease on bail, he faced sev­eral threats but the po­lice failed to take any ac­tion de­spite com­plaints,” he al­leged.

“I don’t un­der­stand how mi­nor is­sues are lead­ing to mur­ders. Pol­i­tics is to serve peo­ple not to kill them. Ours is a demo­cratic coun­try and ev­ery­one has the right to be­lieve in his ide­ol­ogy. Pol­i­tics of in­tol­er­ance and blood­shed has to be con­tained,” he said, adding party lead­ers should take se­ri­ous steps to stop this blood­shed. He said he had no faith in the state po­lice and did not ex­pect any jus­tice from them.

“No­body called me to record my state­ment. Even the state­ment of those who were in­jured in the at­tack were not recorded prop­erly. What can you do if you fail to get jus­tice from the po­lice ma­chin­ery meant to pro­tect you,” said the dis­traught fa­ther.

Chief Min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan is yet to re­act on the in­ci­dent that took place in his home dis­trict.



Congress lead­ers hold a fast out­side the Kan­nur col­lec­torate, de­mand­ing ac­tion in the mur­der of youth Congress leader.

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