The police on Monday booked CPI(M) Idukki district secretary MM Mani for his reported statement last week that his party had planned and executed political opponents including three Congress workers.
Idukki police superintendent George Verghese said three cases were registered against Mani, who had been charged with murder, abetment to crime etc.
Addressing a public rally in Idukki on Friday Mani said the party had often resorted to political killings and warned that the murder of rebel CPI(M) leader TP Chandrasekharan on May 4 was not the last one.
He had given enough details how the party had carried out these murders. “We had prepared a list. The first one was shot dead, the second beaten to death and the third was hacked to death,” he said, adding “political killings were nothing new to the party”.
Kerala home minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan said a special probe team would be constituted to investigate the three-decade-old murder cases. The police will reopen at least three cases in which accused were let off for want of evidence.
In Delhi party general secretary Prakash Karat hinted that the party would take disciplinary action against Mani.
Meanwhile, party Kozhikode district secretary TP Ramakrishnan has moved the Kerala HC with a plea that the media be restrained from reporting the statements of the accused in the Chandrasekharan case.