January 15, 2015 4:08:39 pm
CPI(M) leader P Mohanan, who was acquitted in the murder of a party rebel leader, was elected the party Kozhikode district secretary on Thursday.
Mohanan had been the 14th alleged accused in the murder of rebel leader T P Chandrasekharan in May 2012. Mohanan, husband of CPI(M) legislator K K Lathika, had been the prominent party leader to figure in the list of the alleged accused. He had been imprisoned for 19 months in the sensational murder case, which involved a hired supari gang.
CPI(M) had faced a major setback in Kozhikode district after the murder. However, the party has rehabilitated Mohanan after the court acquitted him of the charges. Though not a popular leader, Mohanan is close to the state leadership of the party.
Last year, Kozhikode district police had deported Mohanan’s son Julius Niki from the district for a year as per the Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act. Niki had been then facing five criminal cases, including rioting.
Reacting to Mohanan being elected as CPI (M) district secretary, K K Rama, the widow of murdered Chandrasekharan, said the new assignment was a gift for killing her husband.
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