Palakkad : A brazen burglary in Kalmandapam has left BJP, SDPI leaderships in limbo. In the incident, a BJP Mandalam Committee member and gang comprising SDPI workers, broke into a house, tied up the housewife and made away with 57 pavan gold and 1.5 lakhs in cash- all in broad daylight. Seven people, including SDPI leaders have been arrested in the carefully planned robbery. The main suspect is absconding.
At the helm of the robbery were : BJP Pudunanagaram Mandalam Committee member and former Panchayat Committee vice president Vimal Kumar and SDPI Pudunanagaram unit former president Basheeruddin. Although pictures are out of Vimal Kumar posed alongside BJP leaders including state president K Surendran, BJP has not dismissed the incident nor ousted Vimal Kumar. The SDPI leadership is also silent. Several media reported the burglary and the arrests but were deliberate in hiding the Party orientations.
The 57 pavan gold the gang burgled was sold through Vimal Kumar’s brother-in-law and a Coimbatore goldsmith Suresh for Rs 18.5 lakhs.
There was prior intelligence about a BJP-linked gangs by the name “Highway Gang” operating in the district. They are active along Walayar – Coimbatore – Madhura highway. The modus operandi is to stop vehicles arriving with black money and loot. According to intelligence, RSS leaders who are private money lenders, snitch on the cash-laden vehicles and provide details for the gangs to loot. Allegation is rife that these operations are happening with knowledge of high-rung BJP – RSS leaders in the district.