VS for judicial probe into police action on SFI



Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) veteran and leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly, V S Achuthanandan, today sought a judicial probe into police action against agitating students belonging to CPI(M) affiliate SFI in Kozhikode Government Engineering College.

Raising the issue through a submission in the house today, Achuthanandan said government should also dismiss from service the Assistant Police Commissioner, K Radhakrishnan Pillai, who he said was responsible for the incident.

Replying to the submission, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the government was awaiting the report of DGP and further action on the matter would be initiated on getting the report.

Police had fired four rounds in the air on Monday as they said the agitators, who were protesting against the alleged illegal admission of student Nirmal Madhavan to the college, continued to pelt stones even after lathicharge and teargas.

At least 20 people were injured during the incident.

While the police maintain they fired only in the air, the opposition alleges that they fired at the students.

On the question of admission of engineering student Madhavan, Chandy said government has open mind on the issue and government intention was only to provide facility for Madhavan to complete his studies.

A technical committee constituted to find a solution to the issue would be asked to suggest whether it would be possible to transfer Madhavan to any other colleges in the district itself or outside the district, Chandy said.

The Chief Minister had said in the Assembly yesterday that Madhavan, who got admission in an engineering college in 2009, could not continue his studies due to harassement and ragging by SFI activists.

Madhavan was given admission at the Kozhikode Government Engineering College as a special case considering an application filed by him, Chandy had said.

PTI