Special police team out to track missing CPM leader
The Tamil Nadu police have set up a special team to track down senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader WR Varadarajan missing since February 12, report Ramesh Babu & Jayanth Jacob.india Updated: Feb 20, 2010 01:52 IST
The Tamil Nadu police have set up a special team to track down senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader W.R. Varadarajan missing since February 12.
“All districts have been alerted,” Director General of Police Latika Sharan told HT.
Varadarajan’s wife Saraswati, who works with the Reserve Bank of India, had on Thursday complained to the police that her husband was missing for a week.
Varadarajan was suspended from the CPM’s central committee, its highest decision-making body, when it met in Kolkata from February 4-6.
Varadarajan, also the national secretary of CITU, was removed from all elected posts for personal misconduct, sources in the party said. Saraswati and another woman, a member of a CPM affiliate, had complained against him.
His wife had accused him of having an extra-marital affair. He was warned by the party, but to no avail.
“The Tamil Nadu unit had done an enquiry. Then the report was given to the central committee,” a party leader said on condition of anonymity.
“His behaviour was found unworthy of a communist leader,” said another CPM leader, adding Varadarajan was still a party member.
After the 2009 poll debacle, the CPM had set on a course correction. A list of dos and don'ts was drawn for leaders and cadre. It could ill-afford to ignore complaints against the 64-year-old veteran trade union leader. Stripped of his post, he was depressed, his friends said. In an unsigned note left behind, he reportedly said, “Death is better than dishonor.”
A fiery orator, Varadarajan, is the second person after Punjab unit secretary Balwant Singh to be sacked for moral turpitude.