The State Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has registered a case in connection with the incident of the arrest of two Dalit women and a one-and-a-half-year-old child. Akhila and Anjana, who are the daughters of INTUC state secretary N Rajan, were sent to jail along with Akhila's one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The girls and the child were sent to Attakulangara women's prison. The State Commission for Scheduled Castes will provide legal assistance to the women who were remanded for 15 days. Commission Chairman RL Punia said that he will visit the women in Jail.
The arrest of two Dalit women for allegedly attacking a CPM activist at the party's branch committe office in Kuttimakul has turned into a controversy. DGP Loknath Behera has directed the North Zone ADGP to submit a report after investigating the incident. The police charged a case against the two women on the complaint that they attacked DYFI Thiruvangad secretary and CPM member Shijin. The police recorded the arrest of the women after calling them to the police station and saying that they would get bail. The girls, who were produced before the court, were remanded for 15 days.
They were charged under non-bailable sections. Akhila and Anjana had filed a complaint saying that they were verbally abused when they were passing through the CPM party office. The girls also said that CPM activists attempted to manhandle them when they entered the party office to question the verbal abuse against them. The police had arrested three CPM workers on the complaint filed by the girls. KPCC president VM Sudheeran told mediapersons that the arrest of the Dalit women is a shame to the Kerala. "The news that the women attacked CPM workers is unbelievable. The police are fabricating a false story," Sudheeran alleged.
The Congress is gearing up for a big agitation on the issue. They party under the leadership of KPCC President VM Sudheeran had conducted a protest march against the arrest of the girls yesterday.Sudheeran will reach Kannur today also for protest programmes.