More than ten years after the murder of Popular Front of India (PFI) worker Fazal, a video of an RSS member Subeesh allegedly confessing to the crime was submitted to the CBI court in Kochi on Friday
The video of the chilling confession was submitted by CPI (M) leader Karayi Rajan, who is an accused in Fazal murder case. In the video, Subeesh allegedly confessed to attacking and killing Fazal along with four other RSS members on October 22, 2006 at Thalassery. This, he says, was done out of past rivalry and because Fazal had destroyed the RSS flag along with other PFI workers. Subeesh also allegedly confesses that no RSS or BJP leader had instructed them to kill Fazal.
Following the murder, Subeesh goes on to recall that following the murder, he along with the others went to RSS leader Thilakan’s residence. Angered by their act, Thilakan allegedly slapped Subeesh after hearing about the attack on Fazal. He alleges that Thilakan had asked them to keep all the weapons which had Fazal’s blood at his house and asked them not to talk about the murder to anyone.
“He (Fazal) was on a cycle, he fell down. Two of us had swords. We did not know whether he died on the spot or how much he was injured. We somehow escaped from there and went to Thilakan’s house. He asked us how badly injured he was, he also slapped me. I cried after he slapped me, I was in a terrified mental state,” Subeesh allegedly says in the video.
Subeesh allegedly made the confession in November last year, when he was arrested by the Kerala police for the murder of a CPI(M) worker Paduvilayi Mohanan in Kannur in October 2016. While police had confirmed Subeesh’s confession last year, the video has been broadcast by the media for the first time on Friday.
However, in an interview given to Janam TV on Friday, Subeesh says that his confession was made in duress after the police brutally tortured him. He also claims that the police threatened to kill him and his family.
The Fazal murder case was transferred from the local police to the crime branch and to the CBI finally. The main accused in the case, CPI(M) leaders and siblings Karayi Rajan and Karayi Chandrasekharan surrendered before a court in June 2012.
They were then released on bail by the Kerala High Court in November 2013, and ordered not to leave Ernakulam district. While Karayi Rajan was elected to the post of Kannur District Panchayat President and Karayi Chandrasekharan was elected as the chairman of Thalassery municipality in the 2015 Kerala civic body elections, they were both forced to resign in February 2016 as they were unable to enter their respective districts.
In the leaked video, Subeesh allegedly admits that he and his co-workers kept quiet even after the police arrested the CPI(M) members.
The Fazal murder case dented the CPI(M)’s image in Kannur despite the party denying their involvement in the crime. After prominent BJP leaders OK Vasu and A Ashokan joined the CPI (M) in 2014, the party has been stating that Fazal’s murder was plotted by the BJP.