Thiruvananthapuram: CPI Idukki district secretary K.K. Sivaraman came under criticism at the party’s state executive meeting here on Thursday for criticising Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the government in connection with custodial death of Rajkumar in Nedumkandam.
A section of members felt Mr Sivaraman should have avoided criticising the chief minister and government especially in the wake of the judicial probe and the prompt arrest of police officials allegedly involved in the gruesome incident.
Inaugurating the party’s march to Nedumkandam police station, Mr Sivaraman had blamed Mr Vijayan for the failure to effectively implement and safeguard the LDF’s well-stated policy against custodial excesses.
He had attacked the home department for failing to register murder cases against former Idukki district police chief and DySP.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran is understood to have endorsed the view that Mr Sivaraman should have been careful with his words. The state executive, however, backed the protests launched by the district leadership against police highhandedness.
Meanwhile, the CPI executive decided to take up the controversy related to purchase of a private hospital in Kollam, at its next meeting to be held on July 22. The hospital was purchased after forming a cooperative society by Chathanoor MLA S Jayalal....