A 28-year-old CPM leader Pradeep had arrested in Kerala after he and his friends allegedly assaulted a jackfruit trader after he refused to pay ₹100 they wanted for alcohol to celebrate New Year, police said. The accused pinned the victim down on the road and asked his colleague to run an auto-rickshaw on him. The trader got hospitalized with multiple fractures.
The incident took place at Parashala near here on New Year's eve. The CPM leader who carried out the attack is the Naduthottam branch secretary Pradeep, 28.
According to the police, Pradeep and friends picked up a quarrel with jackfruit trader Senthil Roy after he refused to pay Rs 100 they sought for New Year celebrations. The enraged gang led by Pradeep assaulted Senthil and held him to the ground and ran an autorickshaw over him. The vehicle had driven by a person named Subin.
Later, locals rushed Senthil to the Medical College Hospital where he got admitted with multiple fractured ribs and thigh bones. After Senthil's family filed a complaint with the Parasala police, Pradeep allegedly stormed into their house and demanded them to withdraw the complaint, but the family refused.
Meanwhile, the CPM tried to cover up the incident saying that Pradeep was not at the crime scene, but eyewitnesses said he was very much there.