Kasargod, Feb 28, 2015: Kannur Srikantapura MLA Mathew James of CPI (M) was arrested in connection with the suicide of Taliparamba private school principal E P Shashidharan in a lodge. Mathew was arrested after he surrendered before the police. A case of abetment to suicide is registered against him
The MLA is the second accused in the case. The first accused, a teacher of the school, M V Shaji, was arrested last week. The incident occurred on Decmeber 15, 2014. Shashidharan, who was the principal of Tagore Vidyaniketana school, Taliparamba, was found hanging in a lodge. He had left a note stating that he was committing suicide due to harassment by the MLA and the teacher.
As per reports an amount was sanctioned from the MLA’s fund for the construction of a new building for the school. Disagreements arose with regard to the use of these funds and the MLA had allegedly threatened Shashidharan regarding funds misused.
The suicide note had also stated that apart from suffering harassment at the hands of the above persons, the deceased principal also received threats. Investigations into allegations was sent to Srikantapura police station in Kannur district and action was initiated accordingly.