Special Correspondent

KANNUR: The Payyannur police will record the statement of Paul Zacharia in a case registered in connection with the alleged manhandling of the writer by a group of suspected Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) activists on January 9.

The police had registered the case against a group of youths under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code. The writer was allegedly roughed up outside the hotel where he was staying during his visit to Payyannur town for releasing a book at a public function there.

The youths were allegedly irked by Mr. Zacharia’s comment on the ‘sexual conservatism’ being promoted by the Left in the State.

Mr. Zacharia was criticising the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s stand on the arrest of Congress leader Rajmohan Unnithan along with a woman from a house at Manjeri recently.

Payyannur sub-inspector Vinod Kumar said the police team investigating the incident visited the spot on Wednesday.

Investigation on

The investigation was under way and the police were collecting evidence. He said the police would seek a time convenient for him to get his statement on the incident recorded.

The police had registered the case following a written complaint by a local Congress leader on the basis of media reports.

The writer had not lodged any complaint in connection with the incident.