Kollam: Four ruling CPI-M activists including Cashew Development Corporation Chairman S Jayamohan and a staff member of a Kerala Minister, have been arrested by CBI in connection with the brutal murder of a Congress worker at nearby Anchel in 2010.
Jayamohan, charged with the offence of providing hideout to the persons who murdered Nediyara Ramabhadaram, was taken into custody today, while the other three were arrested yesterday, CBI sources said.
Jayamohan was summoned to the CBI office and arrested. He was later released on bail, they said.
The other three CPI-M activists -- Maxim, a staff member of Fisheries Minister J Mercykutty, district committee member K Babu Panicker and DFYI leader Riyas were today produced before a CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram and remanded to judicial custody.
Ramabhadaram, also an INTUC leader, was murdered on April 10, 2010 in his home right in front of his wife and two daughters.
Reacting to the arrest of one of her staff members, Mercykutty alleged the case was "politically motivated".
Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Ramesh Chennithala attacked the fisheries minister and said she had no right to continue as a minister.
"She was allowing the staff to continue with the argument that he was only arrested and guilt has not been proved," Chennithala charged.
"It is a weak defence to protect a murder accused who was arrested by CBI with all evidences," he added.