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Assembly adjourned over ‘police excesses’ on women MLAs

Assembly adjourned over ‘police excesses’ on women MLAs

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M led LDF disrupted Assembly proceedings Friday in protest of government’s failure in taking action against the police officials who allegedly roughed up two women MLAs during a march over the Suryanelli gang-rape case.

CPI MLAs’ Geeta Gopi and E.S. Bijimol were allegedly assaulted by police while protesting in front of the Assembly demanding resignation of P J Kurien from the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman.

Opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan raised the issue of the women MLAs in the Assembly and demanded immediate suspension of erring police personnel on the basis of the ADGP’s inquiry report.

However, the chief minister and home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan maintained the report had not recommended suspension.

“We cannot take action just to save ourselves from this issue”, Radhakrishnan added.

The home minster, quoting the ADGP’s report and video visuals, said nothing was found in them to take action against police officials, but government was ready for a probe, “considering the seriousness of the incident.”

The Opposition, however, continued proceedings demanding immediate action, following which the Speaker adjourned the House for the day amidst protest by LDF members who raised slogans against the government.

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