Flays police lathi-charge on KSU activists
ALAPPUZHA: Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Vayalar Ravi has called for efforts to ensure access for the common man to courts and justice. Speaking after inaugurating the centenary celebrations of the Alleppey Bar Association here on Saturday, Mr. Ravi also called for a friendly atmosphere between the judiciary, the legislature and the executive.
Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac called for an active debate on the legal system in the backdrop of global neo-liberal policies. There were several instances where he felt that the judiciary was unnecessarily intervening in affairs of the legislature, he said, reiterating Mr. Ravi’s call for an amicable relationship between the two structures.
K.S. Manoj, MP, K.C. Venugopal, MLA, P.P. Chitharanjan, Municipal Chairman, and Bar Association authorities were present.
Meanwhile, Vayalar Ravi has expressed doubts that Wednesday’s attack on the District Congress Committee office here was part of an attempt by the CPI(M) to convert Alappuzha into “another Kannur”.
Speaking to reporters here, Mr. Ravi said the CPI (M) should remember that Alappuzha was not Kannur and that the Congress would not allow any attempts to trigger bloodbath in Alappuzha. There was no provocation at all for the attack on the DCC office and it had to be seen as a pre-meditated affair, perhaps to provoke the Congress, he said.
On the continuing police action on protests by the KSU activists, Mr. Ravi said student strikes were not a new phenomenon in Kerala.
However, the manner in which the police were ‘brutally caning’ the students was raising concerns.
“Lathi-charges are intended to disperse the crowd. But if we notice the incidents of the last few days, policemen have been hitting the protestors on their head, as if the attempt is not to disperse the students but to injure them and suppress a democratic protest.
“The government, instead of adopting a brutal stance, should hold discussions with the students and sort out the issue,” he said.
The Union Minister later visited KSU activists who were admitted to the medical college hospital here after being caned by the police during a protest march on Friday. DCC president A.A. Shukoor and K.C. Venugopal, MLA, were among those who accompanied him.