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DGP’s statement unfortunate, says Chennithala

DGP’s statement unfortunate, says Chennithala

Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala Friday said it was unfortunate the statement made by DGP (Prisons) Alexander Jacob on the Facebook row.

“The DGP spoke like a spokesperson of the CPI-M and his statement was totally unacceptable,” Chennithala told reporters here.

“The party has conveyed its displeasure to the home minister over the DGP’s remark,” he said

Meanwhile, DGP Alexander Jacob, in an interview to a private news channel, Friday apologised for his remarks on the issue.

The row over the issue Thursday had hotted up with the DGP holding that it was difficult to rush to conclusions on the alleged mobile phone use and Facebook postings by undertrials without any scientific examination.

He also said timing of the controversy was also "suspect" as one could not help doubting if it was part of efforts to influence the verdict in the case to ensure punishment to the accused as the court was expected to pronounce the judgement by this month end.

Expressing displeasure at the statement made by the DGP in a media conference on Thursday, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan had sought explanation from DGP Alexander Jacob on it.

TV channels Monday aired visuals of three undertrial prisoners charged with the murder of a former CPI-M leader T.P. Chandrasekheran last year who were found to have posted photographs on Facebook, which sparked off a row.

Kodi Sunni, Kirmani Manoj and Mohammed Shafi posed within the jail premises, wearing shorts and sunglasses, and posted their photographs on Facebook.

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