Failure to act against police

Assembly proceedings were adjourned on Friday following the Opposition’s protest against Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan’s denial to initiate action against the police personnel who allegedly misbehaved with two women legislators in the course of an agitation on the Suryanelli issue on February 6.

Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan raised the issue during the zero hour and said that Mr. Radhakrishnan had promised to inform the House on Friday about the disciplinary action taken against the police personnel who misbehaved with CPI MLAs Geetha Gopi and E.S. Bijimol.

The six women LDF legislators had dropped their plan to stage a satyagraha outside the House on the basis of this assurance. Mr. Radhakrishnan said that based on the report of ADGP A. Hemachandran who probed the complaints of the women legislators; he had given oral directions for an inquiry under the provisions of the Kerala Police Department Inquiry and Punishment Act.

Since Ms. Gopi was unable to identify the accused and the government too was unable to trace anyone on scanning the video footage, it was decided to order a judicial probe.

As the Opposition refused to cooperate with the probe, the Minister gave oral direction for the probe as per the set course of law. The oral probe had been ordered to fix the responsibility. The government was not willing to yield to the Opposition pressure and suspend anyone without fixing the responsibility, he said.

Mr. Achuthanandan challenged the claim and said that the government was unable to identify the accused even 10 days after the incident. This was an attempt to delay the probe, he said. The Opposition members then moved to the well, squatted and shouted slogans. Speaker G. Karthikeyan then completed the day’s business and adjourned the House for the day.

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