Kozhikode: In a major breakthrough in the TP Chandrasekharan murder case, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has taken Patyam Kottayodi TK Rajeesh alias TK into custody from Mumbai. He is allegedly one of the masterminds in the conspiracy that led to the murder on May 4.
The SIT took him from Mumbai a few days ago and brought him to Kozhikode on Thursday, sources said.
The arrest of Rajeesh will be recorded on Friday morning and he will be produced before Vadakara Judicial First Class Magistrate Court.
Rajeesh, who stayed in a star hotel at Koothuparamaba for three days after the killing, escaped to Mumbai through Mangalore. He reportedly stayed at the house of Lalu, who was also arrested by SIT from Mumbai. However, SIT officials did not confirm this.
Sources maintained that Rajeesh had hatched the murder conspiracy with the help of NK Sunil Kumar alias Kodi Suni, Muhammed Shafi and Kirmani Manoj as per the direction of some CPM leaders. Police suspect that Rajeesh was in the Innova that knocked down Chandrasekharan off his two-wheeler before he was hacked to death at Orkattery.
TK, a close aide of a party leader in Kannur, is infamous for professionally executing political murders without leaving any clues. He was also allegedly involved in the KT Jayakrishnan Master murder case, Mahe double murder case and the killing of Kunnothuparambu Rajesh, a BJP activist. He was not included in the accused list as he rubs shoulders with the who's who of the CPM in the state.
The SIT arrested three more persons who provided shelter to TK Rajeesh in Mumbai.