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Mudakozhi Hill: From Sanctuary to Showdown – Inside the Kodi Suni Saga

A Daring Police Operation, Rain, and Redstone: The Fall of a Criminal Empire

Kozhikode: The daring police operation that apprehended TP Chandrasekharan’s killers was an adventure rivaling cinema. In a Mudakozhi Hill adventure operation, police officers dressed as construction workers climbed the hill, defeating expectations to capture mastermind Kodi Suni’s remote hideout. Despite their sensational arrests in 2012, the accused later walked free on parole repeatedly, exploiting political connections. Shockingly, some even resumed criminal activity, such as extortion and contract killings, while out on parole. But after years of impunity, the High Court struck down the abuse, sentencing the convicts to 20 years imprisonment without parole.

The judgment significantly enhances the trial court’s original sentence. The High Court imposed double life terms on six convicts, including the first accused, MC Anoop, by escalating their existing life sentences. More critically, HC universally banned all accused from receiving parole or reductions for 20 years. This paralyzes the political interference that previously granted these convicts extraordinary freedoms even while incarcerated.

Two more under Life Sentence

Additionally, KK Krishnan and Jyoti Babu earned life sentences from the High Court for the first time regarding their roles in the conspiracy. Accused 1-7 consist of Anoop, Kirmani Manoj, Kodi Suni, TK Rajesh, Muhammad Shafi, Annan Sijith, and K Shinoj. The HC also convicted KC Ramachandran, Manoj, Banana Padhachi Rafeeq, Krishnan, and Jyoti Babu on various charges.

Suni evaded police for months after masterminding Chandrasekharan’s brutal murder in 2012. Hundreds of officers hunted the state for the notorious gang. Ultimately, a daring overnight operation apprehended Suni and his fellow accused from their carefully hidden hillside camp.
A team covertly approached the remote area of Vadakara, posing as a truck for construction workers to avoid detection.

They raided the hideout after surrounding the mountain to block potential escape routes under darkness. Suni’s tent was two kilometers up steep, wooded slopes from Mudakozhi village. Confident with political protection in the CPM stronghold, the gang was caught sleeping inside. After a violent struggle, police overpowered and arrested them. Oblivious locals failed to notice the covert midnight raid.

Similar creativity and persistence tracked down other suspects like Rajeesh across state borders. A team traced him to an obscure village bakery in Maharashtra based on months of intelligence gathering. After surrounding the building, they arrested him by surprise. Despite an elaborate nationwide search, police ensured not a single accused reached court first to surrender theatrically. Their meticulous efforts delivered justice.

The Life and Death of TP Chandrasekharan

To understand the enormous implications of the court verdict, one must first understand TP Chandrasekharan’s dramatic rise and brutal assassination. Chandrasekharan embodied the spark of resistance within the CPM. His breakaway RMP party gained support from grassroots cadres disillusioned with the CPM’s power structure, corruption, and nepotism. Chandrasekharan had risen within the CPM’s ranks for decades as an activist and leader. But his vocal critiques of Party politics have led to frequent discipline and suspension.

The CPM branded him a traitor for supporting fellow cadre VS Achuthanandan against senior leader Pinarayi Vijayan. Increasingly marginalized within the party, Chandrasekharan formally resigned in 2009. His new RMP party threatened the CPM’s dominance in his home base of Onchiyam. It won council seats there in 2010, proving its local popularity.

For the CPM, this dissent represented an existential threat. The party fixated on destroying Chandrasekharan to quash opposition and reassert absolute control. Local leaders coordinated with hired assassins like Kodi Suni’s notorious gang to plan the murder. They saw his elimination as necessary to halt the RMP’s rise before it gained further momentum and legitimacy.

On May 4, 2012, at least six assailants hacked Chandrasekharan 51 times outside his house after tracking his movements for weeks. They hoped to eliminate his posed danger and reclaim their political monopoly through brutality. Mastermind Kodi Suni proudly claimed credit under his alias “Yakshi” to maximize fear. But remarkably, police soon arrested all involved in the elaborate conspiracy.

Why the Verdict Matters

While the CPM has seen declining electoral fortunes, Chandrasekharan’s murder revealed the party’s ongoing reliance on violence and intimidation. The RMP accused party figures like Pinarayi Vijayan of orchestrating the assassination from the top down. However, the police failed to establish clear links to the highest leadership.
Nonetheless, the HC verdict sends an important message by punishing those involved at any level. Granting lifelong imprisonment without parole closes loopholes that previously allowed convicted political assassins like Kodi Suni to operate unchecked from prison. Kerala’s volatile electoral cycle created inconsistent parole policies as governments changed.

The court has decisively removed parole and commutation from partisan control. Keeping these dangerous criminals isolated for 20 years kneecaps their networks, and dangerous criminals like Kodi Suni isolated for their full prison terms strikes a blow against impunity. While specifics surrounding Chandrasekharan’s killing remain murky, the verdict advances justice and accountability in a political landscape scarred by crime and violence.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a seasoned Political Journalist with a deep passion for Indian Politics. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted… More »

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