Thiruvananthapuram: Two days since Left leader TP Chandrashekharan was killed in Kerala there is still no clue about those who were behind the assassination. Sources say some CPI(M) leaders are involved in the killing of Chandrashekharan, which is being seen as the most brutal political assassination that Kerala has seen.
Moments after the assassination of Revolutionary Marxist Party leader Chandrashekharan, rumours began that some CPI(M) members had a hand in the attack. Chandrashekharan was a former loyalist of Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan and had left the CPI (M) after falling out with the official faction led by Pinarayi Vijayan. VS Achuthananadan attended Chandrashekharan's funeral at Onchiyam.
"Chandrashekharan had left the party over some differences. He was a brave Communist, and once an exemplary student leader. His killers should be apprehended fast," said VS Achuthanandan.
Achuthanandan maintained the official party line that no CPI(M) worker was involved. Pinarayi Vijayan claims the murder is a conspiracy.
"This was a planned conspiracy. There has to be an independent enquiry," said
Pinarayi Vijayan, who is also the CPI(M) State Secretary.
But not many are buying Vijayan's argument. Chandrashekharan had been a thorn in the CPI(M)'s side for long. He managed to split Left votes in Vadakara during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, and was prominent among CPI(M) dissidents.
The police say members of a local crime gang carried out the killing. So far two people have been detained and the car used by the assailants recovered. But it is unclear who gave the order. Reports indicate some local CPI(M) leaders may already be under the police radar.