LDF walkout over suicide of Dalit youth

Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 13:39

Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M)-led LDF opposition in Kerala on Thursday staged a walkout in the Assembly, accusing the UDF government of taking lightly the alleged suicide of a Dalit youth who is suspected to have killed himself after being detained by the police.

Leading his colleagues out of the House after the
Speaker`s rejection of the adjournment notice on the issue,
deputy opposition leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said
marginalised communities in the state are living "with a sense
of insecurity as they failed to receive justice from law
enforcers".

Responding to the Opposition`s adjournment notice, Chief
Minister Oomen Chandy said the body of the 23-year-old youth
Sinu was found hanging in his house yesterday. The previous
night, he was taken into custody by police from the roadside
for allegedly creating scenes after consuming alcohol, he
said.

He was let off the same night after medical examination,
which confirmed the charge against him, Chandy said.

Following the alleged suicide, the Sub-Inspector and
Assistant Sub-Inspector of Vithura police station were placed
under suspension last night and a case for unnatural death had
been registered, Chandy said.

Pressing for adjournment over the issue, Koliyakkode
Krishnan Nair (CPI-M) sought to know as to why the Government
was reluctant to register a case against the police officers
allegedly responsible for the death of the youth.

Speaker G Karthikeyan turned down the opposition plea for
an adjournment over the issue in the light of the Chief
Minister`s reply.

Following the incident, Vithura, about 30 km from here,
and the adjoining areas remained tense yesterday with local
people blocking the road traffic and enforcing an hartal in
protest over the incident.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 13:39

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