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Kerala CPI(M) leader gets death sentence, life for 5 others in Congress worker murder

Six people had gone to the Congress worker’s residence in 2009 to sell a coir product as part of the then Left government’s scheme to promote such products, and attacked him after a heated argument.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2018 17:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Alapuzha
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The court found that R Baiju, a former local secretary of the CPI(M), was the main conspirator in the case and awarded the death sentence to him.(File Photo)

A fast track court on Saturday sentenced a former local secretary of the CPI(M) to death and awarded life imprisonment to five others for the murder of a Congress worker at Chertala in 2009.

The Alapuzha Fast Track Court Judge, Anil Kumar, pronounced the verdict this morning.

The court found that R Baiju was the main conspirator in the case and awarded the death sentence to him.

The prosecution case was that Baiju and the others went to the residence of Divakaran on December 9, 2009, to sell a coir product as part of the then Left government’s scheme to promote such products.

However, Divakaran refused to buy them, saying they were priced too high, leading to a heated argument.

He was then hit on the head and suffered serious injuries.

He succumbed at a hospital after a week.

First Published: Apr 21, 2018 17:25 IST