Kumily (Idukki) : CPM leaders who raised death threat against the police officers who were on duty at Vandiperiyar station are absconding to avoid arrest. They went into hiding after a non-bailable offence was charged against them.
CPM Idukki district secretariat member R Thilakan, Peerumedu area secretary G Vijayanand and Renil are absconding in connection with the case. Though only minor cases were charged against them initially, later non-bailable offence was charged due to protest from the people. The accused are trying to get anticipatory bail from the high court.
The issues started on Wednesday when the police took into custody a DYFI worker’s bike for violating COVID restrictions. The party leaders arrived at the station demanding the bike. They shouted at the police officers and threatened that they will attack the officers at their house. Though the police officers informed the higher officials regarding this, no action was taken.
However, a video of the party leaders threatening the officers was widely circulated on social media and this was reported in the media also. Following this, case was charged and non-bailable offence was imposed on Friday. Allegations arose that the police delayed the arrest of the culprits in order to help them get anticipatory bail. Congress and BJP workers protested in Vandiperiyar raising this issue.
Meanwhile, the district police chief is investigating to find out who leaked the information to the accused that case on different sections are charged against them. CPM district secretary K K Jayachandran said that the district committee has decided to openly admonish the party workers who are involved in the case.
Source : Mathrubhumi