The demand for the arrest of B. Harikumar, former Dy.SP, Neyyattinkara, became shriller on Friday.
The police had declared Mr. Harikumar a fugitive from the law after he emerged as the prime suspect in the road rage-related murder of Sunil Kumar, a resident of Neyyattinkara, on Tuesday night.
On Friday morning, scores of residents marched to the Neyyattinkara Police Sub Divisional Office seeking the capture of the officer and his dismissal from service.
Sunil’s widow, Viji, has threatened to stage an indefinite fast in front of the Secretariat for the arrest of her husband’s assailants.
The police case against Mr. Harikumar is that the officer had assaulted Sunil following a parking-related altercation.
Mr. Harikumar allegedly shoved Sunil, which caused him to fall in front of a speeding car.
The police allegedly directed the ambulance carrying Sunil to the local station instead of the nearest hospital. Sunil’s friends also alleged that some officers had force-fed the fatally injured person liquor to cover up the murder and make it appear as an accident caused by alcohol impairment.
A post-mortem examination revealed that brain injury had caused Sunil’s death.
On the political front, KPCC working president Kodikunnil Suresh alleged that Mr. Harikumar had worked as a henchman for the CPI(M). Evidence of the officer’s corruption, dubious relationships with business persons and criminal activities weighed heavily against the CPI(M)’s district leadership, he said.
The BJP had accused Mr. Harikumar of having financial deals with a few CPI(M) district leaders. The CPI(M) has denied the allegation. The CPI has also sought Mr. Harikumar’s arrest.