Jishnu case: Did government spend lakhs on ad to misrepresent facts?
- 'None of the five accused are arrested so far'
- 'Police say that two of the accused are absconding. But they are roaming without any restrictions.'
On Saturday, State Information and Public Relations Department released an advertisement justifying the police action on Jishnu's family in front of DGP's office in Thiruvananthapuram last week. The opposition was quick to criticise the paradox of spending public money to justify the laxity of the government and mishandling of the situation by the police.
Now, it has been exposed that many of the claims in the PRD advertisement were deliberate misrepresentation of facts. "Six persons, including Jishnu's relatives had reached Thiruvananthapuram from Vadakara and the DGP had granted them appointment," the advertisement said. But some other people joined the team and wanted to force into the DGP's office, the government argued to justify the police action.
But travel receipts of Jishnu's family prove that there were 14 people in the team and except one, all of them were his relatives. Interestingly, the local CPM leadership knew about the travel plan and party leaders had arrived at their home to see them off.
The advertisement also claimed that the government had done everything in its capacity to nab the culprits. "None of the five accused in the case are arrested so far," said Asokan, father of Jishnu.
"Police say that two of the accused are absconding. But they are roaming without any restrictions. The government announced that the assets of the abconders would be confiscated. But one of them withdrew Rs. 1 lakh the other day. How did it happen," Sreejith, uncle of the deceased B.Tech student, asked.