TRIVANDRUM: Kerala Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala has called for a CBI or judicial probe
into the custodial death of SR Sreejith in Varappuzha. He asked the government to disband the "Tiger Force", an illegal team formed by Aluva Rural SP AV George, that took Sreejith into custody.
Addressing media persons here on Saturday, Chennithala said a fair probe cannot be expected by the state police in the case. Aluva Rural SP AV George be removed immediately, he said. Government had ignored an earlier warning by the Police Intelligence wing on the "Tiger Force", an informal squad comprising AR camp members, Chennithala said. Sreejith was taken into custody by the squad members who came in mufti. They did not follow the Supreme Court guidelines in the arrest and brutally tortured
him in custody, Chennithala said.
In last June, a North Paravur youth who was taken into the custody of the Tiger Force drowned in mysterious circumstances. "Upon whose direction was the squad was formed? Did the state police chief issue such an order?" Chennithala asked.
CPM and the Government are trying to sabotage the case. Police are forcing witnesses to give a statement in their favour. Government should give Rs 25 lakh solatium to the Sreejith's family. His wife is given a government job. "Sreejith's is the sixth custodial death after Pinarayi Vijayan government came to power. the CM has lost control over the force," Chennithala said.
The Opposition Leader asked the government to put an end to the government doctors' strike. Chennithala said the Kathua and Unnao rapes were shameful to the country. He urged all to condemn the RSS-BJP violence against women.