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Kerala: Death Penalty For 15 Banned PFI Members For BJP Leader’s Murder

On Tuesday, a Kerala court condemned 15 members of the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) to death about the December 2021 murder of Ranjith Sreenivasan, the leader of the OBC wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, in the Alappuzha district. Mavelikkara Additional District Judge VG Sreedevi delivered the punishment.

The victim was murdered in front of his mother, infant, and wife in a cruel and devious manner, which puts the crime under the category of the “rarest of the rarest”; the prosecution had asked for the maximum sentence for the perpetrators, claiming that they were a “trained killer squad.”

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On January 20, the court ruled that one to eight of the fifteen defendants had a direct hand in the case. Additionally, it had declared four defendants (accused numbers nine through twelve) guilty of murder since they had arrived at the scene equipped with lethal weapons, along with those directly involved in the crime.

Their objective was to stop anyone from approaching the house after hearing Sreenivasan scream and to prevent him from escaping. According to IPC Section 149, which holds that every member of an unlawful gathering is responsible for an offence committed in support of a common aim, the prosecution argued that they were also accountable for the common offence of murder. The court accepted this argument.

.According to the SPP, the court also found three more people (accused numbers 13 to 15) guilty of murder for hatching the plan to kill Sreenivasan. All 15 of the accused were found guilty of murder.

The killing of the BJP leader happened just a few hours after gang members murdered SDPI politician KS Shan on the evening of December 18, 2021, while he was making his way back to Alappuzha.


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