New Delhi June 12: CPM General Secretary, Prakash Karat, said here Monday that party leaders including V.S. Achuthanandan have been warned against making any public statements, which may malign any of the party leaders.
Denying any involvement in the murder of RMP leader T.P. Chandrasekharan, Karat vowed to take "strong action" if anyone within its ranks was found involved.
He said that Kerala Police was trying to frame the Communist Party of India-Marxist in the May 4 killing of T.P. Chandrasekharan.
"The police investigation is sought to be influenced by the government and the ruling party. The police is trying to implicate leaders of the party in Kozhikode and Kannur districts," a statement said after a central committee meeting.
"The party has condemned the brutal killing and denied any involvement in the incident. (It) has strongly asserted that it does not believe in the elimination of political opponents.
"The party has also stated that on enquiry, if it is found that there is involvement of any party member at any level, strong action will be taken."
M.M. Mani, a CPM leader in Kerala's Idukki district, is facing murder charges after claiming that his party had in the past murdered political foes, a claim that has ignited widespread condemnation.
The Chandrasekharan killing, for which police have arrested several CPM members, has increased schism within the Kerala CPM.
The statement also said that it had set up a four-member Central Discipline Commission consisting of S. Ramachandran Pillai (chairperson), Madan Ghosh, V. Srinivasa Rao and U. Vasuki.