ASI murder: BJP to launch massive stir

via Pioneer News Service | Thiruvananthapuram published on October 27, 2007

Concerned over the way the LDF Government, the State police and the CPI(M) had concluded that BJP-RSS workers were behind the killing of Assistant Sub-Inspector MC Elias during the clash between SFI and ABVP activists at the NSS Hindu College in Changanassery on Friday, the BJP State unit has decided to launch a massive campaign to take the issue to the people.

As part of this campaign, the party will observe Sunday as Protest Day and the party activists will march to the office of the Superintendent of Police in Kottayam on Monday.

State BJP president PK Krishnadas said here on Saturday that RSS leaders and other allied organisations would stage a Satyagraha in Changanassery on Tuesday.

On November 8, tens of thousands of party activists would take out a march towards the Raj Bhavan, and at its conclusion submit a memorandum to Governor RL Bhatia on the Changanassery incident and the Government’s response to it.

Reiterating the party’s demand for a thorough probe into the incident by a Central agency, Krishnadas said the CPI(M) was trying to play the bloody political games of Thalassery in Changanassery.

He said the murder of the police officer was the result of a conspiracy by the CPI(M) and the police to create an opportunity to strike against the BJP.

Krishnadas demanded the resignation of Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and the removal DGP Ramon Srivastava in the context of their “invention” that RSS-BJP workers were responsible for the killing of the police officer.

He challenged the Government and the CPI(M) to examine the telephone records of Kodiyeri, Srivastava and State CPI(M) secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

“Such a probe can prove the conspiracy behind the murder of the police officer. That Kodiyeri, Srivastava, Vijayan and SFI leaders had announced that RSS-BJP men were behind the killing immediately after the incident was sufficient proof of the conspiracy,” he said.

The BJP leader affirmed that Elias’s murder by striking on the head was the handiwork of the CPI(M)’s rippers of Changanassery.

“The leaders are trying to save the CPI(M) men and to put the blame on the BJP. This cannot be tolerated and the BJP is not going to sit idle,” he warned.

“We have all the proofs. We have the videos of the entire incident. We are going to show all this to the people. We are not going to leave this issue as it is,” he said.

“This time the game of the CPI(M) and the LDF Government is against the BJP. Tomorrow it could be against some other organisation. This cannot be allowed in a democratic setup,” he said.

The BJP leader claimed that the four persons arrested by the police immediately after the incident were totally innocent. The police had claimed that one of the arrested Biju was the district Karyavah of RSS, and “this is a lie,” said Krishnadas.

“The police officer, who identified this person as RSS Karyavah, does not even know what that position is. The young man had returned to Kerala only a week ago, and he had gone to the college for some matter pertaining to his sister’s studies. He was picked up by the police just like that,” he said.

Krishnadas said that Kodiyeri and the CPI(M) were trying to make Changanassery another Thalassery. “When NDF activist Fazal was killed in Thalassery, the police and the CPI(M) had blamed the BJP for the killing. They had even drawn up a list of RSS men whom they wanted to nail for that. But later, the truth came out and the police arrested three men, all CPI(M) activists. The intention behind the murder and the allegation against BJP was to create communal strife in Thalassery. Now Kodiyeri, his party and the police are playing the same game in Changnassery,” the BJP leader said.


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