Monday, October 31, 2011

[ZESTCaste] LDF walkout over suicide of Dalit youth

LDF walkout over suicide of Dalit youth

Posted on :10:11:37 Oct 27, 2011

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI (M)-led LDF opposition in the state on
Thursday staged a walkout in the Assembly, accusing the UDF government
of taking lightly the alleged suicide of a Dalit youth who is
suspected to have killed himself after being detained by the police.

Leading his colleagues out of the House after the Speaker's rejection
of the adjournment notice on the issue, deputy opposition leader
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said marginalised communities in the state are
living "with a sense of insecurity as they failed to receive justice
from law enforcers".

Responding to the opposition's adjournment notice, Chief Minister
Oommen Chandy said the body of the 23-year-old youth Sinu was found
hanging in his house on Wednesday. The previous night, he was taken
into custody by police from the roadside for allegedly creating scenes
after consuming alcohol, he said.

He was let off the same night after medical examination, which
confirmed the charge against him, Chandy said.
Following the alleged suicide, the sub-inspector and Assistant
Sub-Inspector of Vithura police station were placed under suspension
last night and a case for unnatural death had been registered, Chandy

Pressing for adjournment over the issue, Koliyakkode Krishnan Nair
(CPI-M) sought to know as to why the Government was reluctant to
register a case against the police officers allegedly responsible for
the death of the youth.

Speaker G Karthikeyan turned down the opposition plea for an
adjournment over the issue in the light of the Chief Minister's reply.

Following the incident, Vithura, about 30 km from here, and the
adjoining areas remained tense yesterday with local people blocking
the road traffic and enforcing a hartal in protest over the incident.

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