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TP murder: Key witness T K Sumesh turns hostile

TP murder: Key witness T K Sumesh turns hostile

Kozhikode: T K Sumesh, a Key witness in the T P Chandrasekharan murder case, recanted his statement Wednesday. Sumesh, the ninth witness in the case, turned hostile telling the court that he was not aware of any details about the murder.

Sumesh had earlier given a statement under Section 164 (recording of confessions and statement by a magistrate) of the Code of Criminal Procedure on the alleged role of M.C. Anoop (first accused); Kodi Suni (third); K.K. Mohammed Shafi (fifth); K.C. Ramachandran, member of the Kunnummakkara local committee of the CPI-M (eighth); and P.K. Kunjanandan, member of the Panur area committee (13th) in the case.

The witness had given a statement to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kozhikode, that Anoop, Suni and Mohammed Shafi had made preparations in Suni’s quarters in Mahe for killing Chandrasekharan.

Suni had called him asking to switch on television on May 4 midnight to confirm the death of Chandrasekharan. Sumesh had spoken about the alleged relationship between Anoop and Kunjanandan. He had seen the accused travelling in a Toyota Innova van (KL-58 D-8144).

C.K. Sreedharan, special prosecutor, had earlier told the trial court that Sumesh had turned hostile. Sreedharan told the court that the examination of Sumesh should be deferred as he failed to acknowledge the summons served on him. The police had to paste the summons on the door of his house at Chokli in Kannur district.

The prosecution had relied upon him to establish the alleged link between the gang that killed Chandrasekharan. He was hacked to death by a gang on May 4, 2012.

Sumesh is a neighbour of Suni and co-accused in the killing of the Bharatiya Janata Party workers K. Vijith and K.V. Shinoj in New Mahe in May 2010.

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