RSS leader arrested on Kodiyeri’s order

via Pioneer News Service | Kannur published on July 5, 2006

The arrest of Hindu Aikya Vedi State secretary and RSS Vibhag Prachar Pramukh Valsan Thillankeri on charges of conspiring in the recent murder of CPI(M) activist here was carried out at the behest of Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, senior leaders of the RSS and the Aikya Vedi have alleged.

Valsan also alleged that he was arrested on the orders of the Home Minister. The Hindu Aikya Vedi leader who was on indefinite hunger strike at the sub-jail in Tahalassery after he was remanded in custody on Monday after the arrest was moved by the police to the Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode after his “condition deteriorated” on Wednesday.

However, Valsan rejected the report on his health condition and said that he would not cooperate with the treatment. He informed reporters of his resoluteness to continue the hunger strike even at the hospital till his demand that “the CPI(M)-led Government end its practice of persecuting the innocent or till my death”. He said he did not want to be moved to the hospital from the sub-jail but he was forcibly taken to the hospital by the police.

RSS Pranth Saha Sanghchalak KK Balaram and Hindu Aikya Vedi leader M Radhakrishnan alleged here on Wednesday that they had clear-cut evidence to believe that the arrest was carried out at the behest of the Home Minister as senior police officials were convinced that Thillankeri had no role in the murder of KK Yakoob at Punnad on June 13.

There was no rationale to believe that Thillankeri, who enjoyed full-time police protection in the wake of threat from the National Development Front (NDF), a Muslim resistance organisation, had conspired to murder the CPI(M) worker, they said.

By this “false case”, Thillankeri was likely to be denied police protection further posing threat to his life, Balaram said.

The leaders alleged that the State was drifting towards a dangerous situation as the CPI(M) and Muslim extremist forces were “ganging up” against the leaders of Hindu outfits.

The Hindu outfits were planning to launch a series of agitations in the State which included a seven-day relay sit-in protest from July 7 in Kannur while a token relay sit-in protest would be organised in front of the State Secretariat on Thursday, they said.

Besides, the State RSS unit would hold a high-level meeting at Ernakulam soon to chalk-out future strategies against the government’s “move to launch physical attack on Hindu outfits”, they added.

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