9 RSS men receive a life term for killing a CPM worker in jail
KANNUR: Thalassery's additional district court session granted the life sentence to nine BJP-RSS workers who were found guilty of murdering CPM worker K P Raveendran at the central prison in 2004.
The incident was described as the first 'political murder' inside a prison in the state.
According to the indictment, the judge of additional sessions, Judge PN Vinod also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on each of the nine who were found guilty, who are: Pavithran native of Panoor, Falgunan native of Thambankadavu, KP Raghu native of Poyiloor Central Prasad, Koothuparamba native PK Dineshan, Mokeri native Sasi, Koothuparamba native Anilkumar, Suni Central Poyiloor native and Balussery native PV Ashokan.
It was on April 6, 2004 that Raveendran (40), a resident of Kakkat near Nadapuram, who had been incarcerated for the murder of a RSS worker in Nadapuram in Kozhikode, was killed during a confrontation between two groups of inmates. The prison.
The match Apparently, among the activists of the BJP and the CPM the installation of fanatics inside the prison blocks was finished. Ravendran, who suffered deep injuries to his head and body, died at Pariyaram Medical College Hospital on the same day.
There were 31 defendants in the case, 20 sentenced to life imprisonment and 11 remand prisoners. While the first and ninth defendants were found guilty, the other 21 were acquitted. A defendant is still absconding in this case, prosecutors said.
Although the clashes between the prisoners belonging to different political groups, especially the BJP-RSS and the CPM, were also reported from the prison, it was the first time that someone was killed. The CPM had alleged that it was a planned murder and the so-called clash was part of a conspiracy. Two other people, Raju and Kunhu aka Rajesh, were seriously injured in the attack.
While the attack took place near the seventh block of the prison, the weapons were apparently stored in the eighth block where the defendants of the RSS were lodged. Weapons, including iron rods, sticks and knives, were later recovered from the vicinity.
There were a total of 71 witnesses, including jail officials, in this case. The special prosecutor A K Dineshan appeared before the prosecution.