THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: 11 Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists have been sentenced double life imprisonment by The Additional Sessions Court in connection with the murder of Democratic Youth Federation of India activist Vishnu. The court also sentenced one person to 3 years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 51,000 to each of the culprits.
Santhosh of Kaithamukku; Manoj alias Kakkot Manoj and Biju Kumar , all from Keraladithyapuram; Renjith Kumar of Manacaud; Balu Mahendra of Malapparokonam; Vibin and Satheesh Kumar from Anayara, Bose from Pettah, Sathish from Vattiyoorkavu, Vinod Kumar from Nalanchira and Subhash from Sreekaryam were convicted for the murder of the CPI-M activist.
The court has sentenced Sivalal of Karikkakam for a life term. Meanwhile, another culprit Harilal of Keraladityapuram was sentenced to three years imprisonment for helping the accused to go on hiding.
The court acquitted 16th accused Arun Kumar alias Shaiju. The third accused Renjith of Uliyazhthara died during trial. Azam Ani, 14th accused is still absconding.
On December 16, the court had found all the 13 RSS activists guilty in connection with the murder. The prosecution has submitted that the RSS activists killed Vishnu because of political vengeance. The organisation had long harboured a grouse against Vishnu and they suspected that he had a hand in attacks on RSS men in the locality since 2001. They also held him responsible for the murder attempt on Thirumala Hari, a “pracharak”.
According to the prosecution, the assailants attacked and killed Vishnu in front of the Passport office at Kaithamukku in 2008. The prosecution examined as many 77 witnesses, produced 162 exhibits and 65 material objects during the trial.