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2 CPI(M) workers surrender in murder case of Cong leader in Kannur

india Updated: Feb 18, 2018 17:49 IST

A Youth Congress leader died after he was attacked by unidentified men on Monday in north Kerala’s Kannur district. (HT File Photo/For Representation)

Two CPI(M) workers surrendered before the police on Sunday in connection with the murder of Youth Congress leader M Shuhaib, but the Congress cried foul saying they were ‘dummy killers’ intended to protect the real culprits.

Aakash Thillangeri and Rijin Raj, two active workers of the party, went to a police station near Mattanoor with some local leaders and surrendered, said a senior police officer of north Kerala. Their surrender has exposed the CPI(M) leadership’s repeated claim that the party had no role in the brutal murder.

On 11 February, a four-member gang had stabbed Shuhaib (29) after hurling bombs at him. He succumbed to his injuries a day later. The post-mortem report showed he had received 37 stab wounds.

“We really doubt their role in the murder. It seems a drama enacted by the party to save its face. Real killers are still roaming around and the police dread to touch them due to political patronage,” said Congress leader K Sudhakaran, former MP from Kannur. He has announced an indefinite fast from Monday protesting the delay in arresting the assailants.

The father of the victim also shared similar concerns saying those who had surrendered had nothing to do with the murder. “I don’t think they are involved. It seems a drama to control growing public anger,” said father VP Muhamad, a Gulf returnee. He said he will move the court soon seeking CBI probe into his son’s murder.

First Published: Feb 18, 2018 17:49 IST