New Delhi, June 16: The body of a former president of a Gram Panchayat, who allegedly jumped into backwaters from a passenger boat near Kannamali beach in Kochi, was recovered. Police recovered the body from the seashore on Friday, a news agency ANI reported.

V K Krishnan, 74, a local CPI(M) leader, had gone missing following the alleged suicide bid during the boat journey on Wednesday. He allegedly handed over a note to a co-passenger before taking the extreme step.

In the note, he reportedly accused the local leadership of the CPI(M) of harassing him over the issue of factionalism. However, the CPI(M) has rejected the allegations.

Krishnan’s body has been handed over to his family members after a post-mortem at the general hospital in Ernakulam, police said.

According to reports, Krishnan is currently the member of the local committee. He had participated in a local committee meeting on Monday and the panchayat committee on Tuesday. He was also the panchayat member during 2005 – 2010. He was in the forefront of the protest by VS faction when factionalism was at its highest point in the party.