|CPI-M accused of jailing Dalit women on false charges|
KANNUR: The Thalassery police have arrested two Dalit women, who were in the news for attacking and injuring a DYFI leader recently.
Though the police claim that the women surrendered before them, their parents alleged that they were summoned to the police station for collecting statements in the case and were then arrested under non-bailable offence, on Friday morning.
The arrest was made in the counter case filed by DYFI leader, who alleged that the Dalit siblings had entered the party office and attacked them with sharp weapons.
The incident involving Dalit siblings, Akhila (30) and Anjana (25) daughter of N Rajan, an INTUC leader of Thalassery, caught the attention when they entered the CPM office and allegedly attacked M Shijin (27), the DYFI unit secretary of Thiruvanghad, at Kuttimakool on June 11.
The Dalit women had alleged that the party activist verbally abused them by citing their caste name while they were on their way to a shop. They said they had gone to the party office to question such acts. However they reportedly beat the DYFI leaders.
In retaliation, a seven-member gang barged into the house of the duo and attacked them and their family members, besides damaging the house.
The Dalit family had been facing problems, ever since their father Rajan stood against CPM leader Karayi Rajan in the local body elections.
While the police had arrested three DYFI activists two days ago on the complaint of the Dalit family, the arrest of the Dalit women on Friday was made following a complaint filed by Shijin.
The police interestingly has slapped non- bailable section against the women under section 323 (voluntarily causing) hurt and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons) of the IPC.
Later they were produced before the Kannur JFCM, from where they were sent to judicial custody for 14 days. One of them, Akhila has been lodged with her 18-month-old girl in the jail.
Meanwhile in the evening Congress activists led by KPCC president V M Sudheeran took out a protest march and organized a sit-in in front of the Thalassery police station.
Congress workers said the girls entered the party office only to question the DYFI leader after he abused them. The CPM which has promised equal justice to all is on a witch-hunt now, they said.