Naxal Varghese Murder: Former IGP Lakshamana Sentenced to Life
Posted by Admin on October 28, 2010
Yesterday, the court had convicted Lakshamana for the brutal killing of Varghese who was shot dead in the Waynad forests 40 years ago. The accused was convicted under sect 302 read with sect 34 of IPC.
CBI Special court judge, S Vijay Kumar also directed Lakshamana to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 which should be given to Varghese’s family.
The accused told the court that he was in his 70s and maximum leniency and humanitarian consideration should be given to him. He also made a plea to be sent to Thiruvananthapuram central jail.
Public prosecutor, Vaikom Purshothamana Nair, urged the court to give the accused the maximum punishment of death penalty as this was the rarest of rare cases as a common man was branded as naxalite and taken to Thirunelly forests and shot in cold blood with his hands tied.
Another accused in the case, former DGP P Vijayan, had been acquitted by the court yesterday giving him the benefit of doubt.
The court had yesterday observed that the death of Varghese in police encounter was ‘an advance defence modeled as a pretext to commit the crime’.
‘… No more evidence is needed, it is proved beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt that Varghese who was caught hold of live was brutally killed by the first accused who was a stooge at the hands of Lakshamana who on his order brought about his plan’.
Lakshamana wife’s, who was present in the court along with her advocate daughter, broke into tears on hearing the verdict.
Lakshamana was also an accused in the infamous Rajan murder case, relating to the death of the Calicut Regional engineering college student who disappeared after being taken into custody by police for suspected links with Naxalites on March 1, 1976. He was later acquitted in the case.
Varghese was gunned downed by police in cold blood in the Thiruvenlli forests in Kerala’s Wayanad district on Feb 18, 1970 and it was described as an ‘encounter’ death.
Judge S Vijay Kumar said the first accused in the case, late CRPF constable P Ramachandran Nair had committed the act of murder on the command of Lakshmana, the second accused, who was then DYSP.
Lakshamana will be taken to the Thiruvananthapuram central jail today after completing the formalities at the Ernakulam sub jail where he was lodged yesterday.
As media personnel jostled to take pictures of Lakshamana, police tried to push them away, creating some heated moments. Journalists protested alleging that policemen tried to prevent them from taking pictures.
As Lakshamana came out of the CBI court, supporters of Varghese raised slogans saying ‘Lakshmana Murdabad’.
Thomas, Vargehse’s brother told reporters that he and his family had mixed feelings about the verdict. Though the family was satisfied with the life imprisonment handed over to Lakshamana, they were unhappy with the acquittal of former DGP P Vijayan.
Former Naxal leader K Ajitha welcomed the verdict saying it was significant as fake encounters were happening even now in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal.
Varghese’s former naxal collegeaues Gro Vasu also welcomed the CBI court’s decision.
Filed On: Oct 28, 2010 14:09 IST , Edited On: Oct 28, 2010 14:09 IST