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P. Rajan

The Rajan case refers to an episode of the human rights movement in Kerala, India. P. Rajan was a student of the Regional Engineering College, Kozhikode who disappeared after being taken into custody by the police for suspected links with the Naxalites, on March 1, 1976 during the Emergency.

Rajan, a good student with a good talent for music and drama, was suspected to be a naxalite sympathiser like many of the youth at that time. He was never a hard core naxalite.

Rajan's father T. V. Eachara Warrier fought a long battle against the establishment to bring to light the facts behind the disappearance and through that expose atrocities committed by the state.

The habeas corpus petition filed by T. V. Eachara Warrier was the first one to be presented before the court right after the emergency. This petition and subsequent investigations found that Rajan had indeed been taken into custody, and perhaps died when in police custody. His body was not found and due to this many charges against the accused in this case had to be dropped. The accused included the then chief of the Crime Branch wing of Kerala Police, DIG Jayaram Padikkal. K. Karunakaran was the .Home Minister during the emergency. He resigned from the post of the Chief Minister of Kerala in 1978 due to adverse judgement in the case.

The movie Piravi is supposedly based on the Rajan case.

The National Institute of Technology Calicut [Regional Engineering College, Kozhikode] conducts a cultural fest in memory of Rajan every year known as "RAGAM" .

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