CPI-M has no role in Youth Congress leader’s murder: P Jayarajan

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M Kannur district secretary P.Jayarajan, who is in the state capital attending the party's state committee meeting told the media on Tuesday that he has been told by the Mattanoor CPI-M leaders that they have no role in the killing of Shuhaib, a thirty-year-old Youth Congress worker, who was murdered in Kannur late Monday night.

Jayarajan said that there has been no issue between the CPI-M and the Congress party in the region.

"We will look into what has happened and if any of our party members are involved, then appropriate action will be taken.

"But what we are told is that our party has no role in it," said Jayarajan.

The Congress party is observing a dawn-to-dusk shut down in protest of the murder in the district, but allowed vehicles to ply.

According to the party, Shuhaib along with a few others was waiting in front of a night eatery near Mattanoor, near here, on Monday, when four persons came in a car and threw bombs to create a scare.

They then slashed him with a sword. The incident occurred around 10.45 p.m.

Shuhaib was badly injured, while two other sustained minor injuries. Shuhaib was first taken to a nearby hospital and he later passed away at the Kozhikode Medical college hospital.

According to the Congress party, Shuhaib was engaged in a tiff in January with the CPI-M unit in the town over student politics.

"Not long back, a club of the Congress party came under heavy attack, after the CPI-M leadership was upset when the children of the party leaders took part in a meeting.

"They unleashed an attack and Shuhaib, was at the forefront to stop this. Since then the CPI-M had announced publicly that his days are numbered," said Kannur district Congress party chief Sateeshan Pacheni.

Pacheni said there has been an uneasy calm in and around Edayanoor near Mattanoor for a while.