Kochi: In further embarrassment to the CPI(M), another local party leader was arrested on Tuesday by the crime branch in connection with the alleged rape of a minor girl by 100 odd persons, including her father.
The accused, Eldo K Mathew, CPI(M) local committee leader of Puthencuruz in Ernakulam district, was arrested this morning, Crime Branch SP S Surendran, said.
Crime Branch sleuths on Friday had arrested Marxist party`s local secretary of Mazhavannoor, Thomas Varghese, for his alleged involvement in the case. He was later expelled from the party.
Rajnikant`s supporters clashed with policemen and some people in the crowd made abortive attempts to snatch weapons from policemen, the police said. Police resorted to baton-charge before firing seven rounds in the air to disperse the mob as the situation
had gone beyond control, the police claimed.
Police patrolling was intensified as tension ran high in the area