The government will constitute a high-level police special team to probe the murder of an inmate of the Kalloopara Sree Bhagavathi temple and theft of valuables worth lakhs of rupees from the temple, Home Minister Tiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told the Assembly on Wednesday.
Replying to a submission raised by Mathew T Thomas, the Home Minister assured that the government will act with all seriousness and said that the Temple Theft Squad led by a SP has already commenced a probe.
Opposition stages walkout
Earlier, the Opposition LDF members staged a walkout during zero hour in protest against the decision of the Speaker to disallow an adjournment motion moved by Mathew T Thomas on the issue of the suicide of a local CPI leader resulting from alleged police torture in the Tiruvalla station.
The MLA charged that Rajappan Nair, 43, the Pulikeezh branch secretary of CPI, was brutally beaten up by the police and pained by the loss of self-esteem, he had resorted to the extreme step of ending his life. Action should be initiated against the guilty cops and murder charges should be slapped against him, he demanded.
Tiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that the government would not permit police humiliating public workers. However, when the minister tried to go by the police version that Rajappan Nair was booked for causing a brawl in an inebriated state, it was countered with loud protests. The minister said that the government was even willing to hand over the probe by a police team headed by an IG, but the Opposition stuck to its demand for a discussion in the House. The government remained unyielding, resulting in the Opposition to stage a walkout.