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Kerala cops book 3 Congress local leaders for abetment to suicide

Kannur, Sep 23 (UNI) Cherupuzha police on Monday booked three Congress local leaders on charges of abetment to suicide of a contractor Joseph M, who was found dead on the terrace of a hospital building under construction on September 5.
Cherupuzha police Sub-Inspector Mahesh K Nair told UNI that they have altered the case to section 306 of IPC (abetment to suicide), based on legal opinion, against the three Congress leaders K Kunhikrishnan Nair, Roshy Jose and T V Abdul Saleem, who are presently in judicial custody at Kannur Sub jail in a cheating case.
K Kunhikrishnan Nair is the Chairman of K Karunakaran memorial charitable trust and served as a former KPCC executive committee member, Roshy Jose is the trust secretary and also the former Cherupuzha Panchayat President and T V Abdul Saleem is the trust treasurer.
Earlier, the police had arrested five Congress leaders including them on the charges of funds misappropriation of the trust in a case filed by another two directors of the trust.
It is said that the trust, which owns the hospital, owes Joseph around Rs 1.34 crore. Even after completed the construction of the hospital building, the trust failed to pay the contract amount to him.
Joseph's body was found on the terrace of the hospital building with his wrists slit.
A three-member committee appointed by KPCC president Mulappally Ramachandran had conducted a party level probe about the incident on last week and would submit its report to the party soon.
Meanwhile, the District Congress Committee president Satheeshan Pacheni has said that the debt burden of Joseph would be borne by the party and the first installment of Rs 60 lakh was handed over to Joseph's family on September 16 from the funds of the trust.
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