COST OF DIS­SENT

The grue­some mur­der of a CPI( M) rebel ex­poses the blood- soaked pol­i­tics of re­venge in Ker­ala

India Today - - NATION - By M. G. Rad­hakr­ish­nan

The mur­der of T. P. Chan­drasekha­ran, a CPI( M) dis­si­dent, on May 4 marks the re­turn of vi­o­lence in pol­i­tics in north­ern Ker­ala. Chan­drasekha­ran, 50, was on his way home to Onchiyam in Kozhikode dis­trict when he was way­laid by as­sailants who hurled coun­try bombs at him, af­ter which they hacked him to death with sharp- edged weapons.

His as­sailants are yet to be iden­ti­fied, but po­lice sus­pect they in­clude jailed pro- CPI( M) sup­port­ers out on pa­role. Lead­ers of the rul­ing United Demo­cratic Front ( UDF) have ac­cused the Marx­ists of the crime. “There is no doubt the killers were hired by CPI( M),” said Ramesh Chen­nithala, state Congress pres­i­dent. Chan­drasekha­ran’s widow, Rema, also said, “CPI( M) was my hus­band’s only en­emy. There were threats to his life from them ever since he left the party.”

Deny­ing the al­le­ga­tions, Pi­narayi Vi­jayan, the party’s state sec­re­tary, said, “UDF is spread­ing lies. They want to keep alive the sus­pi­cion against us un­til the cru­cial by- elec­tion to Neyy­at­tinkara ( on June 2) is over.” CPI( M) has even ac­cused UDF of or­ches­trat­ing the mur­der. Vi­jayan said the In­nova car which the as­sailants had used be­longed to a rel­a­tive of Vay­alar Ravi, Union min­is­ter for Non­Res­i­dent In­di­ans, and that P. C. Ge­orge, UDF’S chief whip, had vis­ited the area a few days be­fore the mur­der to hatch the con­spir­acy.

What rubbed salt into the CPI( M)’ s wounds was Op­po­si­tion leader V. S. Achuthanan­dan’s pres­ence at the fu­neral of Chan­drasekha­ran, who was Achuthanan­dan’s staunch sup­porter in the Marx­ist fac­tional war. Achuthanan­dan, the only LDF leader to at­tend the fu­neral, called Chan­drasekha­ran a brave Com­mu­nist.

CPI( M) has been restive ever since Chan­drasekha­ran and hun­dreds of work­ers from Onchiyam pan­chayat, a Com­mu­nist fortress, left the party in 2009. The dis­si­dence be­gan as part of the fac­tional war within the CPI( M) be­tween Achuthanan­dan and Vi­jayan. Chan­drasekha­ran and his com­rades formed the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Marx­ist Party ( RMP) and helped UDF can­di­date Mul­lap­pally Ra­machan­dran win the Vadakara seat, a CPI( M) bas­tion, in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. RMP stunned the CPI( M) again when it won many pan­chayat seats in Onchiyam in the 2010 lo­cal elec­tions.

MR NAN­DAKU­MAR

CHAN­DRASEKHA­RAN ( LEFT) IN 2009

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