Case filed against cop for brutality on CPI-M protestor

Thiruvananthapuram: A case has been filed against a policeman for mercilessly kicking a man protesting against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Wednesday.

The Petta police registered a case for brutal physical assault against sub-inspector Vijayadas based on a report submitted to city Police Commissioner over the incident.

The government had earlier suspended the police officer after being caught on camera mercilessly kicking a man protesting against the chief minister.

Visuals captured by TV cameras showed a protester repeatedly kicked in his private parts by the sub-inspector, as half a dozen policemen held him back. The man, a CPI-M worker in his late 30s, could be seen collapsing in pain from the brutal assault. He was taken to the city medical college.

The Opposition parties had demanded a case be filed against Vijayadas. Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan had demanded the sub-inspector be charged with attempt to murder.

The opposition Left Democratic Front has been demanding the Chief Minister's resignation over the solar scam, in which a pair of entrepreneurs, Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan, allegedly swindled several people and companies by claiming links with powerful people including the Chief Minister, and failing to deliver on solar energy panels they had promised.