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Rs 3.50 crore highway robbery before polls: Kerala BJP chief’s aide questioned

The two were questioned based on the statements of RSS worker A K Dharmarajan, who had claimed to have lost Rs 25 lakh in the robbery on a highway stretch between Thrissur and Ernakulam on April 3.

Graft row: Kerala BJP chief to meet top leaders todaySources said BJP state President K Surendran arrived in the national capital on Tuesday evening. (File)

The probe into the case of Rs 3.50-crore highway robbery just before the Kerala Assembly polls Saturday reached the office of state BJP chief K Surendran with the police questioning his office secretary, Dipin, and driver, Libeesh.

The two were questioned based on the statements of RSS worker A K Dharmarajan, who had claimed to have lost Rs 25 lakh in the robbery on a highway stretch between Thrissur and Ernakulam on April 3. As the probe progressed, police unearthed more money and suspected it could be hawala transaction.

“Dipin and Libeesh were in touch with Dharmarajan before and after the robbery, as their phone call details show. They have denied knowledge about the movement of money. The probe is now about ascertaining the source and destination of the money that was being moved on the highway,” a police source said Saturday. “We haven’t issued notice to anyone to appear before police for the next two days,’’ the source added.

Senior leader and former party state president C K Padmanabhan said that everyone has to pay a price for their act. “That is nature’s law,” he said. “Nature as well as politics has become dirty — that’s all I want to say on World Environment Day.”

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On Saturday, Loktantrik Yuva Janata Dal national president Salim Madavoor petitioned the Election Commission, accusing the BJP of extensively using black money in the Assembly polls.

Senior Congress leader and MP, K Muraleedharan, said an impartial probe into the “hawala dealings of the BJP” would reach the top. He said, “The CM should say whether he is ready for a foolproof probe. BJP central leaders should be brought under the probe.”

First published on: 06-06-2021 at 01:53:51 am
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