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Chandy has given free rein to police: CPI(M)

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 2. The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, has permitted the police to unleash attacks against those agitating for the Industries Minister, P.K. Kunhalikutty's resignation, the CPI(M) State Secretariat has said.

In a statement here today, the party State Secretariat said that police action in the capital city cannot be termed as an isolated event. The police took provocative action and arrested Students Federation of India workers, who were holding a peaceful demonstration to protest against Wednesday's happenings. Innocent students were beaten up and male constables were deputed to handle the agitating girls, it said.

The police justification that the arrests were made on the ground that the demonstrators had failed to get prior permission does not hold water. It was not possible to comply with the new stipulations imposed by the Chandy Government that a three-day notice should be given while staging protest demonstrations against police atrocities, the statement said.

It pointed out that the police did not implement this stipulation when the Indian Union Muslim League workers staged a violent march in support of Mr. Kunhalikutty a few days ago.

Denial of food

The statement termed as `cruel' denial of food to four students who were arrested and detained at the Cantonment police station here. They were given food only after the CPI(M) leaders, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, P.K. Sreemathi, and Thomas Issac, intervened today.

The statement said that police action in the Arts College and arrests of students who were taking examinations was a fascist move. The police did not spare even girls.

The police were hunting down students and framing them in various cases.

Several student leaders are in police custody. This will only serve to make the situation more complicated, the statement said.

The party warned the Government that it will have to face stronger agitations if it failed to bridle the police.

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