THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Assembly, on Monday, witnessed major uproar over the alleged custodial death of Siby, a 40-year-old Dalit, at Marangattupally in Kottayam. With the Opposition boycotting the proceedings and staging a sit-in in the well, the Assembly adjourned for the day.
Seeking leave for an adjournment motion, K Radhakrishnan of the CPM came down heavily on the government for police atrocities. He alleged that Siby was the latest victim of an ongoing attack towards people belonging to SC/ST communities in the state. “When the government wants to kill stray dogs, an all-party meet was called. But at the same time, there was nothing done when an SC youth was killed,” he said. “He was forced to lay naked. When his parents came, he was dragged to the verandah of the station. He was found naked. What’s more? His parents were forced by the police to clean the place where Siby was lying in his urine and stool. We have heard about such incidents in North India only,” he said.
Radhakrishnan pointed out that as many as 3,585 people belonging to SC/ST communities were attacked after the present government came to power. Also 2,286 committed suicide, of which 560 were women. Radhakrishnan alleged that at the police station no food was given to Siby.
Stating that the SI who was placed under suspension in the issue, was involved in many other similar issues also, the Opposition alleged that there was a major conspiracy to protect the police officials involved in the issue. A case should be registered against the official on charges of murder. The Opposition also criticised the police action of arresting a 17-year-old in the case.
Panel awards compensation
T’Puram: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has directed the government to sanction an immediate grant of Rs 1 lakh to the family of Marangattupalli native Siby, who allegedly died due to custodial torture.
Meeting of Adgps
T’Puram: In the light of the Karipur shooting incident in June, the ADGPs of south and north zones had been asked to conduct periodical meetings with the officials of all the three international airports in the state.