It was the timely intervention of VS’s aides KM Shajahan and Suresh that saved the Marxist veteran, the book says. Much to the embarrassment of the party, the book also says the man who tried to harm the Marxist veteran was rewarded later. He is now a state committee member of the party and MLA.
“It was a ploy to trip him. Once he fell they were planning to trample over him in the guise of a stampede. Once his secretaries realised their ploy, they intervened effectively and guided VS to safety,” Nair told HT. He said he had written about this to then Kannur district secretary MV Govindan and state party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, Achuthanandan’s arch rival.
Confirming there was such a plot, Shajahan said, “I wrote about this to party general secretary Prakash Karat and others but they ignored it.”