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Chandy assures action against assaulters of MLA

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Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said strict action would be taken against those who assaulted K. Sivadasan Nair MLA.

“We won’t let anyone take the law into their own hands. Everyone has the right to express their disapproval in a democratic country. But that should not be in the language of violence,” Chandy said here adding such fascist methods are dangerous to democracy.

The chief minister also spoke to the MLA on the phone and enquired about the incident.

KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala condemned the incident and said the attempt to waylay an MLA was undemocratic and uncivilized.

Meanwhile, government Chief Whip P C George cited police conspiracy behind the attack. “I doubt conspiracy by some top brass in the police department behind the attack in an attempt to exaggerate the Aranmula airport issue. He said the police failure in providing enough protection to the MLA even though they were informed of violence justified his argument.

Sivadasan Nair, a senior Congress legislator, was assaulted Wednesday in Pathanamthitta district by a group of people whom the legislator described as activists of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

"There were lot of people and I could recognise some. But many of the attackers were not from here. I have come to know that they are RSS workers," alleged K. Sivadasan Nair, who is undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Aranmula, near district headquarters town of Pathanamthitta, about 105 km from here.

The attack took place when the legislator was going to inaugurate a temple festival in Aranmula.

Speaker of the Kerala Assembly G. Karthikeyan has asked state Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan to conduct a probe.

The Congress party has called for a dawn-to-dusk shutdown in the district Thursday to protest against the attack.

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