Thiruvalla : Four have been arrested in the murder of CPI(M) Local Secretary and former panchayat member PB Sandeep Kumar(36) by RSS workers Thursday night. In police custody are : Jishnu, Pramod, Nandu and Kannur Faisal, all of who have history of numerous criminal cases. Yuva Morcha Pengara Panchayatt President Jishnu met with Faizi while serving jail. Police assume Jishnu had Faizi come over from Kannur to execute the murder.
Sandeep played crucial role in restoring Peringara seat to CPI(M) after a gap of 27 years. Several BJP workers had joined CPI(M) in the locality. According to eye witness in the case, five-member gang that includes RSS worker Kannaprambil Jishnu took part in the stabbing.
Sandeep was on way home riding bike around 8.30 last last night, when 5 men on two bikes accosted him midway. Sandeep fell over and as he was trying to get up, the attackers stabbed him in the chest and back using knives. Sandeep also sustained hacks to his hand and legs. By the time, locals rushed to screams from the crime scene, the assailants had already fled. Sandeep was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. The body stored at the hospital morgue will be autopsied Friday morning. Peringanra, where the RSS orchestrated the murder is a locality with hardly any political conflict.
Sandeep is son of Puthanparambil Balan. Wife-: Sunita; Mother – Omana; Children – Nihal(3-and-half years) and 3-month-old baby daughter.
CPI(M) will observe dawn-to-dusk hartal on Friday in protest of the killing in Thiruvala Municipality, Nirnam, Kadapra, nedumbra, Peringara and Kuttoor.
The CPI(M) State Secretariat condemned the RSS’s bloody campaign saying the outfit sought to destroy peaceful atmosphere prevalent in state and terrorise the community. In its statement issued Friday, the State Secretariat demanded in-depth investigation that will bring forth all persons guilty of the crime.