Police here have courted a controversy by registering a missing complaint filed by Youth Congress activists alleging that actor-turned-MLA Mukesh of CPI(M) had gone "missing" from his constituency. As a controversy erupted, police said the complaint was accepted by "mistake" and blamed the Youth Congress activists for creating a "misunderstanding" and obtaining the receipt for registration of the complaint. Mukesh dismissed the complaint as a "joke" and said he was very much present in the constituency.
Taking a dig at the Youth Congress activists, he said he had gone to take a membership in the 'Rahul Club', apparently referring to Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's sabbaticals. In the complaint, Congress youth wing activists alleged that the CPI(M) MLA was not seen in Kollam, his constituency, ever since he was elected and steps should be taken immediately to trace him. They alleged that the debutant MLA had not visited the district collectorate even after a country-bomb went off there recently and did not attend a number of other significant programmes held here.
Police, at the West Station here, had accepted the complaint without verifying it and gave a receipt for that, triggering a controversy. The CPI(M), heading the ruling LDF, has now approached the police higher-ups against the act of the West Station police. Kollam West circle inspector G Binu said the complaint was "mistakenly" accepted by the officer on duty. "It was mistake. The complainants created a misunderstanding and managed to collect the receipt," he told PTI today.
"They lodged the complaint, addressing the sub-inspector and demanded the receipt. As it is a usual practice, the police personnel on duty gave the receipt. The officer should have verified the complaint before giving it," he said.