Wives of Periya case accused were appointed coincidentally, claims district panchayat

Kasaragod district panchayat president Baby Krishnan

Kasaragod: The district panchayat authorities claimed that there is nothing suspicious in the temporary appointment of the wives of accused in the Periya twin murder case, in the district hospital. The wives of three accused in the murder case of Kripesh and Sarathlal were appointed as cleaning staff in the district hospital recently.

There was no political intervention in the appointment. The list was prepared by the RMO and other authorities. Among the four staff appointed, three were wives of the first three accused in the Periya case. But it was only a coincidence, said district panchayat president Baby Krishnan.

The women are appointed to the lowest post and it is a temporary appointment only. This is only a humanitarian move. Don't they have the right to work if their husbands are accused in a case? This is an attempt to create controversies, she further said.

Periya case first accused Peethambaran's wife P Manjusha, second accused Saji C George's wife Chinju Philip and third accused K M Suresh's wife S Baby were appointed for 6 months. 100 candidates were shortlisted from 450 applicants after interview. These three women secured the first three places in the list and this led to suspicion.

Meanwhile, opposition leader V D Satheesan and other Congress leaders came up with a demand to cancel the appointment and order a probe into the incident. The department of local self-government should intervene in the matter to cancel the appointment, Satheesan said.

Kasaragod MP Rajmohan Unnithan said that when Kripesh and Sarathlal's sisters remain jobless even after completing studies, the wives of their murderess are given job. This is an indirect declaration by the CPM that they are responsible for the murders, he said.

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