The Advocate General of Kerala submitted in the High Court that there were fewer political murders in Kannur district, when compared to other districts and added that even murders owing to family disputes had been described as political murders. He said the government had taken all effective measures to put an end to such political murders.
A Division Bench of the High Court on Tuesday asked the State government to file an affidavit explaining its stand with respect to a plea for a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) inquiry into the political murders in the State. The court wondered why most of the political killings were taking place only in Kannur district.
The AG further submitted that that there was no need to hand over the probe into these murders to the CBI as they were being investigated effectively by the police. Of the seven cases cited by the petitioner, chargesheets had been filed in four. Besides, no allegation about the probe had been raised by relatives of the victims concerned.
The court directed the State government to file the affidavit by October 25 and posted the case to October 30 for further hearing. Meanwhile, BJP National President Amit Shah on Tuesday said the peoples' mandate is not for eliminating political opponents alleging 13 BJP/RSS workers have been murdered by the CPI(M) after it came into power in the State.
Speaking at the concluding session of the Janaraksha Yatra, led by party state president Kummanam Rajasekharan in Thiruvanthapuram, Shah said “BJP is ready for an open debate with Pinarayi Vijayan on the development of the State. When the Chief Minister presents the list of various development projects, he has to explain the reasons for the murder of 13 BJP/RSS workers also.”
Alleging that CPM has appointed a murder accused as their party’s secretary after the launching of the Yatra on October three, Shah said this proved that the CPM is giving a message that it is not ready to give up violence.
Assuring the families of all murder victims of the party, Shah said justice will be done for them as the party is committed to bring the culprits before the law.
Claiming that the Yatra,which is wholeheartedly received by the people through their huge participation, is a milestone in the history of Kerala, Shah said the CPM would lose its ground due to corruption, murder politics and nepotism.