Suicide of autorickshaw driver: Two more CPM activists arrested
Kozhikode: Police arrested two more CPM activists in connection with the suicide of an autorickshaw driver, who took the extreme step in anguish over an assault by CPM activists. Elathur police had arrested two CPM activists in this regard on Saturday.
The men arrested on Sunday were identified as Murali (50) of Elathur and Khadasi of Vellayil. The two arrested on Saturday were Sreelesh (42) and Shaiju (44). Sections including murder has been charged against the arrested. The police had registered a case against 50 people over the incident.
Rajesh (42) a native of Elathur, attempted suicide on September 15 on the road after pouring petrol over him. He sustained burns and was admitted to the Kozhikode Medical College where he died around 11.30 pm on Saturday.
During treatment at the hospital, Rajesh gave statement to the Kozhikode magistrate that he attempted suicide due to the mental stress suffered after nearly 10 people manhandled him.
Rajesh was working as mussel plucker. As the daily work in this sector got reduced, he bought an autorickshaw on loan. However, CITU union members objected him from entering the autorickshaw stand. An argument broke out between them and the CITU members severely thrashed Rajesh.
Meanwhile, local residents and BJP activists alleged that the police were trying to sabotage the case. They said that the police, despite received proof including CCTV visuals of the attack on Rajesh, did not present them in the court.
It was following this allegation that the third arrest was made on Sunday. Rajesh’s relatives said that considering the possibility of a repost-mortem, his body will be cremated at the residence. Rajesh is survived by his wife Rajisha, father Achuthan and mother Gauri.