The police officer draws the wrath of Congress MP K. Sudhakaran

The aftermath of the controversial protest by K. Sudhakaran, MP, and some Congress workers at the Valapattanam police station on October 31 against the alleged excesses of the police against a party loyalist following the arrest of two persons for transporting illegal sand is still in the making. There is strong anticipation in police and political circles here of an imminent departmental action against the police officer who apparently earned the wrath of the MP.

Sources here say that there is strong pressure on the police establishment to take action against Valapattanam sub-inspector B.K. Siju as Mr. Sudhakaran has taken it as a prestige issue to get the police officer shifted from here. The sources say that some of the findings in the report on the Valapattanam police station incident by Inspector General of Police (Kannur range) Jose George, submitted to Director General of Police K.S. Balasubramanian, may be taken as a ruse to initiate action against Mr. Siju. The government will buckle under the pressure and take some kind of action against the officer to gratify the irate MP and his followers, they add.

Police Act 2011

Since the Kerala Police Act 2011 stipulates a two-year minimum tenure for police officers, action against the officer is possible only on the ground of alleged mistreatment of the two arrested in connection with sand smuggling. The two arrested had been kept in police lock-up in their undergarments. The MP had gone to the police station and staged a sit-in there for over three hours demanding action against the SI for allegedly beating up local Congress Kallikkodan Ragesh who had reached the station and, according to the police, scuffled with the police over the arrest of the two in the sand smuggling case.

Poster war

Meanwhile, the protest by Mr. Sudhakaran at the police station demanding action against the SI has triggered a poster war in the district. Close on the heels of a couple of posters that appeared in some parts here and warned Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan that he would not be allowed to set foot in the district, a few posters emerged here that greeted the Home Minister.

The Home Minister’s comment on the Valapattanam incident that nobody would be allowed to pressurise or intimidate the police force appeared to have irked a section of the Congress workers loyal to Mr. Sudhakaran. The latest posters, apparently in response to the earlier ones targeting Mr. Radhakrishnan, say that Kannur is nobody’s fiefdom. The posters, on behalf of ‘Congress Pravarthaka Vedi,’ praise the Minister for ‘fighting against injustice’ and ‘safeguarding the honour’ of the party.

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