Responding to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's comments on the suicide of expatriate industrialist Sugathan in Kollam, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said AIYF only conducted an agitation against the illegal filling of paddy field.

"The CPI conducts agitation only against illegal activities. The police can register a case if they find an abetment of suicide angle. We will face the case legally," Kanam said.

CM Pinarayi had disowned AIYF in the Assembly after the incident. He said that Sugathan killed himself because the AIYF interrupted the construction of a workshop in his field and demanded gawking wages.

Pinarayi stressed that parties and trade unions should protect both labourers and employers, and that no organisation should be allowed to collect gawking wages.