In an apparent blow to the Kerala BJP, the top police officials on Thursday said that the BJP state president K Surendran will be questioned in relation to the recent highway robbery of hawala money at Kodakara in Kerala’s Thrissur ahead of the 6 April Assembly polls.
A special investigation team, probing into the incident that took place on 3 April, three days ahead of the State Assembly polls, decided to question Surendran after questioning several BJP leaders including State organisation secretary M Ganeshan and party office secretary Gireesh.
However, Surendran refuted the allegations saying that neither him nor the party had no connection with the incident. Alleging that there was an attempt to link the BJP with the case and tarnish its image, the leader said the interrogation of the party leaders was only a drama by the CPIM.
“The cops are fabricating the case which has no connection to the reality. They are questioning the BJP leaders needlessly,” Surendran said adding that the police are acting on matters which are beyond its purview.
According to a complaint by one Shamjeer Samsudheen on 7 April, an unknown gang had stopped his car on the Kodakara flyover here and robbed him of as much as 25 lakh kept in the vehicle when he was on his way to Kochi from Kozhikode.
The driver had told police that Dharmarajan, a reported RSS activist in Kozhikode, had handed over him the money. As per the latter’s statement, he had received the cash from Sunil Naik, former state treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP.
The BJP was put in the dock after Dharmarajan reportedly confessed to the police that money, stolen from a car was meant allegedly for the party’s election campaign. The money, first claimed to be 25 lakh and later revised to 3.5 crores, had reportedly come from Karnataka.