- The tension before the DGP office on Tuesday was pre-planned: CPM
- Some people who arrived with the relatives of Jishnu created provocation, the CPM alleged.
Even after the police action on Jishnu's relatives drew flak from within the party, the CPM has officially backed the police action. The CPM suspected a conspiracy behind the stir by Jishnu's parents and suggested that the BJP and Congress must have played a key role in it.
In a statement released by the party secretariat, the CPM stated that the police did not hit or mistreat Mahija or relatives of Jishnu Pranoy. The visuals from the scene do not prove that the woman was dragged as was alleged. Police acted well within the LDF policy, it clarified.
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The tension before the DGP office on Tuesday was pre-planned. Some people who arrived with the relatives of Jishnu created provocation, the CPM alleged.
Giving a twist to the conspiracy angle, the CPM felt that the protest in front of the DGP office and the tension on the day of the 60th anniversary of EMS Ministry in Kerala cannot be considered as a coincidence. Leaders of BJP and Congress were near the DGP office to give direction to the protesters.
The CPM statement, in effect, dismissed party Politburo member MA Baby's criticism of the police in the action.
On Friday morning, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran visited Mahija, who is on an indefinite fast demanding disciplinary action against police officers who allegedly hit and dragged her. Though the visit was an attempt to persuade the family to withdraw the stir, the minister failed to win the confidence of the resolute mother who lost her son in January this year.
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Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:06 PM IST