CPI, Congress flay police action against Puthuvype protesters

CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran slammed the DGP’s remarks certain extremist elements were behind the protesters;

Published: 21st June 2017 07:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2017 07:35 AM   |  A+A-

1. CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran visiting the protest site at Puthuvype | Melton Antony

By Express News Service

CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran slammed the DGP’s remarks certain extremist elements were behind the protesters; KPCC chief M M Hassan said the Pinarayi Government should back off from such anti-people actions

KOCHI: Politicians made a beeline to Puthuvype on Tuesday, a relatively peaceful day after continuous days of protests and agitations against the proposed LPG import terminal being constructed by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).

CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran, who visited Puthuvype during the day, came down heavily against the police action and the DGP’s remarks certain extremist elements were behind the protesters.
Kanam said the DGP’s statement lacked substance. “It is unfair to justify police action against a mass agitation by raising allegations it has extremist elements.

P C George MLA consoling a Puthuvype resident during his visit to the protest site | Melton Antony

The new argument is the police unleashed attack on protesters as they posed threat to Prime Minister’s visit. What is the logic behind the brutal manhandling of protesters by the police team on June 16 when the Prime Minister was in New Delhi,” he said, citing a section of protesters were brutally manhandled by the police team led by DCP Yathish Chandra at High Court junction.

Kanam warned a democratic government should not ignore the concerns of the people. “The nature of the protest changed when the government turned a blind eye towards the concerns of the people of Puthuvype,” he alleged. The CPI was with the protest against the IOC LPG terminal right from the initial stage and it will continue,” said Kanam.

“It is suspected a conspiracy has been hatched inside the police force to malign the LDF Government. An inquiry should be initiated into this,” he said.
Going a step further in flaying the police action, CPI district secretary P Raju criticised the Chief Minister for protecting officers like Yathish Chandra. “If the Chief Minister fails to reign in the police, the CPI will be forced to do it,” Raju said while inaugurating a march taken out by the AIYF to the office of the Ernakulam Range IG.He termed ‘barbaric’ the DCP’s action against the protesters, including women and children.

CM trying to suppress people’s agitation: Hassan

KPCC chief M M Hassan slammed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for trying to suppress people’s agitation using the police force. “The Pinarayi Government should back off from such anti-people actions. The CM’s stand towards an agitation launched by the people has brought shame to the nation,” Hassan said after visiting the protesters.

P C George: Punish those behind attack

P C George MLA has urged the government to withdraw from the act of unleashing brutal attack by the police on the people protesting for their lives and property. “Those responsible for the attack against protesters should be punished,” he said after a visit to Puthuvype. “The proposed plant is being constructed in sea erosion-prone area located in inter-tidal zone. Hence the concern of the local residents should be resolved,” he said.

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