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Kerala youth protest: Support pouring in from various quarters

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Support is pouring in from various quarters for a 29-year-old youth, who has been lying in front of the Secretariat here for the past 766 days, demanding a probe into his brother's alleged custodial death.

For the youth, Sreejith, who has been observing a sit-in protest on the side walk in front of the Secretariat, housing the offices of Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, ministers and bureaucrats, his only mission is to bring those responsible for his brother, Sreejeev's death, to book.

is on a hunger strike since the past eight days.

As the protest went viral on platform, people from various walks of life, especially youngsters, have been gathering in front of the secretariat to express solidarity holding 'Justice for Sreejith' banners.

They took out a march this morning with women also participating.

V M Sudheeran and were among those who visited and extended their support this morning.

The and the BJP had yesterday sought urgent intervention of the union and state governments on the plea of Sreejith, who has been on an protest demanding probe into the death of his brother, who was taken into custody on the allegation of a mobile phone theft.

of Opposition in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala, who visited yesterday, urged the minister to intervene in the matter immediately as Sreejith's health was deteriorating.

of NDA in Kerala, Rajeev Chandrasekhar has also written to Rajnath Singh, seeking his urgent intervention by ordering the probe.

was taken into custody in May 2014 by Parassala police and the family was told two days later that he died after consuming poison.

Meanwhile, the has said it will again approach the Centre seeking CBI investigation into the case.

Vijayan has directed the secretary to write to the Union ministry in this regard, an official press release said.

The CBI had earlier informed the that it was unable to take up the case and this stand should be re-examined, according to the government.

The Chief Minister's office said that the government was 'sympathetic' to Sreejith's protest.

The government has already handed over a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family as directed by the Police Complaints Authority.

The chief was also asked to collect the amount from the accused police officers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 14:35 IST