Congress MLA Shafi Parambil criticised the Pinarayi government for spending money in the treasury to bring lawyers to protect the accused ones in the Panoor murder case. He said, "Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assures the gang which committed the murder that they will be protected if they succeed."
The MLA said that the Chief Minister is a holy idol for killers. He made these remarks while attending the protest rally organised by the Opposition at Panoor.
Today UDF held a protest rally in Panoor for not arresting all the accused ones in the murder case of an IUML worker in Kannur. Kerala Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala accompanied by PK Kunhalikutty, K Sudhakaran and Parakkal Abdulla visited Mansoor's house. During the visit, the leaders said that they were not satisfied with the ongoing investigation into Mansoor's murder and that there was a move to sabotage the case.
On April 6, a Muslim League activist, Paral Mansoor died in a clash between CPM and Muslim League workers in Kadavathoor, Kannur. He was hacked to death by a gang in the violence at around 8 pm on election day.
As the investigation progressed, the police received crucial information from the mobile phone of arrested CPM worker Shinos. The information gave a clear image of planning before the attack.
According to reports, the accused persons had a clear plan and even messaged through WhatsApp about punishing Mushin, Mansoor's brother, following a clash between UDF and LDF activists on the poll day. As some of the messages were deleted, the police had handed over the phone to the cyber cell to retrieve the deleted WhatsApp chats.
Meanwhile, reportedly another accused, who was directly involved in the murder, was arrested. He was not there in the first list of accused ones. However, the Thalassery police have arrested him and is considered to be the kingpin behind the incident. Almost all the accused in the list have CPM connections. Shashi, the eighth accused in the case, is the CPM Kochiyangadi branch secretary and Jabir, the tenth accused in the case, is a CPM local committee member and Suhail, the fifth accused, is the DYFI Panoor area treasurer.
Shinos, who was arrested earlier, is the first accused in the case. Ratheesh, the second accused's body was found hanging from a tree. Ratheesh's body will be transferred from Kalikulambu to Kozhikode medical college today.
The Opposition had earlier alleged that the investigation is ineffective and CPM was trying to save the accused ones.