KERALA

CBI inquiry into vandalism at ashram sought

Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: The State president of the Kerala Dalit Federation (KDF) P. Ramabhadran has demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident in which the idol of Goddess Lakshmi installed in front of the Panmana Ashramam was vandalised by anti-social elements on October 23. Mr. Ramabhadran was inaugurating a march to the Chavara police station by the KDF activists demanding the release of Ravindran, a mentally deranged Dalit, who was arrested and remanded on charges of damaging the statue.

Mr. Ramabhadran alleged that Ravindran was innocent and falsely implicated in the case by the Crime Branch of the Police.

The KDF leader wanted Ravindran exonerated and the real culprits arrested. He said that he will submit a petition to the Government demanding the CBI probe. If the Government fails to oblige, the KDF will intensify the agitation for the same.

`Mysterious attacks'

Of late, mysterious attacks against religious institutions are seen on the rise. None of the hands behind these attacks could be solved because the police could not get hold of mentally deranged persons like Ravindran, he said. Falsely implicating members of the Scheduled Communities in criminal cases have become a pass time for the police. Mr. Ramabhadran warned of a strong agitation against this attitude of the police.