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Says probe in Paul Muthoot murder case is not satisfactory

Seeks Home Minister’s resignation

Questions credibility of Kerala Police

Thiruvananthapuram: The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday formally demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the Paul Muthoot George murder case as the State police had lost its credibility.

The PAC also demanded that Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan should resign for the collapse of the law and order situation in the State.

Addressing a press conference here after the PAC meeting, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said that the committee was of the opinion that the investigation in the murder case was not satisfactory.

The police, he said, was deliberately trying to deflect investigation in the murder case, with no serious attempt being made to nab the real culprits.

The credibility of the State police had touched rock bottom as a result of which reputed police officials were unable to perform.

“We do not believe that the Kerala police will be able to conduct an impartial inquiry in the case, hence we are formally asking the government to recommend a CBI probe,” Mr. Chennithala said.

The committee expressed concern at the free run anti-social elements, goons and thieves were having in the State, posing a threat to the life and property of the people.

He said one of the main reasons for this was the unholy nexus between the CPI (M), police and gangsters.

The PAC condemned the attempts to bridle the media and the threats issued by the CPI(M) leadership.

“We will not permit attempts to use the police to chain the media,” Mr. Chennithala said.