Rema begins indefinite fast

K K Rema, wife of RMP leader T P Chandrasekhran, who was hacked to death in 2012, began an indefinite fast in front of the secretariat here today, demanding a CBI probe into the conspiracy of her husband’s murder.

Citing the recent judgement that awarded life imprisonment to 11 accused in the case, including three local
leaders of the CPI(M), Rema and her colleagues wanted the UDF government to take steps for a CBI probe to unearth the
conspiracy allegedly involving some bigwigs of the CPI(M).

A former Marxist from Onchiyam near Vatakara in Kozhikode district, Chandrasekharan had challenged the parent party in
its red bastion by floating a parallel left outfit. He was hacked to death by an eight-member gang on May 4, 2012. There
were 51 hack wounds on his body.

Apart from Rema’s father K K Madhavan, a former CPI(M) member, writer Sara Joseph who recently joined AAP, journalist
and human rights campaigner B R P Bhaskar and scores of RMP workers and supporters were at the venue when she began the fast.

The Oommen Chandy government is under pressure over the issue with several Congress leaders, including Minister of
state for Home Mullapally Ramachandran supporting the demand for a CBI probe.

While CPI(M) is opposed to re-opening the case, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said the government ould
take a decision after examining the legal and procedural aspects of the issue.

Exposing the rift in the CPI(M), senior leader V S Achuthanandan has backed the demand, paving the way for his
admonition by the state unit.

Still it is eagerly awaited whether the nonagenarian leader would visit Rema during her fast risking stern
disciplinary action by the party.