news Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | February 12, 2015 | 5.00 pm IST The Additional Sessions Court in Manjeri, Malappuram district on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to B.K. Biju and P.K. Shamsuddeen, who were found guilty of murdering a woman, named Radha, in the Congress block committee office at Nilambur on February 5, 2014. The court found B.K. Biju Nair, 37, and Kunnasseri Shamsuddin alias Baputty, 39, guilty of raping, robbing and murdering Chirakkal Radha, 49, who was an office sweeper at the Congress office. The police charge sheet said that the prime accused Biju decided to kill Radha when she had opposed his affairs with several women. “They killed Radha in the Congress office on February 5 last year by thrashing her. They had also brutally raped her and her private parts had been severely injured” an officer from Manjeri police station told The News Minute Since the case was not a rarest of rare, the prosecution's request for death penalty was rejected. 108 witnesses had appeared in the court to prove the case. However, the prime witness was a regular visitor to the Congress office, who saw Biju and Shamsudheen together on February 5. This case had earlier kicked up a political controversy as Biju was a personal staff member of Power minister Aryadan Muhammed. Left parties had also raised allegations against Aryadan Shoukath, the minister’s son and Nilambur Municipal Chairman, over this case. Though the case was earlier inquired by the local police, following the allegations further inquiry was done by B Sandhya, Additional Director General of Police. Minister Aryadan Muhammed’s office responded to the verdict stating the guilty should be punished. “Whoever committed the crime should be punished. The minister had never tried to influence the probe team in this case” the minister’s office told TNM. Tweet
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