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Kerala custody death: Congress says government action inadequate

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi 

The on Saturday said mere arrest of some officers and suspension of Superintendent of (Rural) A.V. George over the custodial death of a 26-year-old youth is not adequate.

Earlier, a and three others were arrested in connection with the death of in custody, while George was put under suspension on Friday.

It all began with 56-year-old hanging himself after being threatened by a group of men at his house in early April.

A special police squad took Sreejith, father of a two-year-old, and nine others into custody on April 7 and charged them with abetment to suicide and rioting. Subsequently, was taken to a hospital where he died on April 9.

The Congress-led opposition was up in arms over the youth's death, alleging that the and Pinarayi Vijayan, who also holds the Home portfolio, were shielding George.

"Things are now clear that George was being shielded by Vijayan and the CPI-M, as he was acting on behalf of a section of the party leaders. So, just his suspension won't do, he should be charged with murder," of Opposition told reporters here.

Sreejith's mother told the media on Saturday that the conspiracy to arrest was hatched at the behest of a local CPI-M and that a meeting was held to decide who all should be arrested for barging into the house of

No sooner had she made this statement, reports came that a local CPI near Sreejith's home was called in by the police probe team, questioned and his statement taken.

Chennithala said that the role of CPI-M leaders in Kochi must also be probed.

George had been in news previously, as he was involved in the arrest of a few years back, probed the kidnap case, which led to the arrest of superstar and a few other high profile cases.

Meanwhile, according to informed sources, has submitted the report of the police probe team led by of Police S. Sreejith to Vijayan.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 17:10 IST
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