Kozhikode (Kerala): Congress President Rahul Gandhi has invited 25 leaders from the Congress and the IUML to help him prepare a roadmap for the overall development of his constituency Wayanad, a party leader said on Wednesday. Those called to meet him in Delhi on Friday include state Congress President Mullapally Ramachandran, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, district Congress presidents of Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram as well as some Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leaders. “Rahul Gandhi has indicated that he wants to bring systematic development in his constituency keeping in mind its environment,” Kozhikode district Congress President T. Sidiq said here. “His offices in the constituency would also be streamlined to see speedy redressal of issues that the people face,” said Sidiq.
The remaining suspect in the Lasantha Wickramatunga murder trial was freed by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today.The suspect, a soldier, was freed by Magistrate Ranga Wimalasena, when the case was taken up for hearing today. A lawyer appearing in the case told the Colombo Gazette that the suspect was freed on the advice of the Attorney General. Wickrematunga was assassinated on 9 January 2009 while he was on his way to his Ratmalana office.Another suspect who had been arrested over the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, had died in prison in October 2011. (Colombo Gazette) The suspect had earlier told open court that he was forced to admit to the murder of Wickrematunga.