Murukanandan Murder Episode Strikes Back Hauntingly at Selvaraj
Neyyatinkara: “Had I not joined the Congress Party, I too, like TP Chandrashekharan, would have been hacked to death by the CPM activists,” said a wailing Selvaraj, before a group of voters. However, Selvaraj conveniently forgot something: the murder of Murukanandan.
The gruesome murder of Murukanandan, took place on 9 April, 1999. A student doing his graduation from VTM NSS College of Dhanuvechapuram, Murukananda Kumar hailed from Mulluvila Muruka Vilas of Panachamoodu. He was cruelly and mercilessly struck to death by the miscreants belonging to CPM, who clubbed him to death, delivering violent blows on his head, using cricket bats. The attack took place just near the college.
During this time, Selavaraj was the CPM Party’s Area Secretary of Parasala. He was the UDF candidate for the by-elections and was contesting from Neyyatinkara. Murukanandan’s murder was the result of a larger conspiracy hatched in the CPM hierarchy circles.
Murukanandan played a prominent role in campus politics of Dhanuvechapuram College, by representing the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. He could raise ample awareness and staunch protests in the college against the violent tendencies indulged in by the SFI unit of their college. This evoked the evil scheme of doing away with Murukanandan by the CPM, following which; they felt SFI could have a sovereign rule in the college. Pandi Vinod, Vijayadas, Unnikrishnan were those who stood accused in the murder of Murukanandan. They were bosom buddies of Selvaraj. It was thereby evident that the murder was hatched with the blessings of the top brigade of CPM, which included area secretary as well.
Since Kerala was in those days, under the rule of EK Nayanar as Chief Minister, possibility of any further probe was highly unlikely. When the matter was taken to the court, it was Selvaraj who spearheaded the act of bribing and threatening the witnesses, forcing them to change stands. Thus, the court acquitted all those who were accused in the murder of Murukanandan.
Selvaraj, who now has shifted his loyalty from CPM to UDF sheds crocodile tears over the threats being issued by CPM. But does he remember the ghastly deed he was involved in as the chief conspirator? Or is his silence regarding the matter done on purpose? The murderers who were acquitted remained loyal to Selvaraj till the moment he submitted his resignation from the post of MLA. However, now things are beginning to strike back at Selvaraj: the CPM band has now started proclaiming, that too quite openly, that Selvaraj is the one who schemed and planned the murder of Murukanandan.
Afterall, the one who is guilty of murder will be fugitive till the end!!