As Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists on 15 September held a protest outside Indian National Congress (INC) headquarters on Akbar Road and demanded an apology from party chief Sonia Gandhi over the slaughter of a calf by its youth wing workers in Kerala, Meanwhile, the police under the CPM-led LDP government in Kerala unleashed its brute force on the activists with the help of ruling party workers.
In Kerala, police after removing their name tags to avoid identification, unleashed brute force on BJYM workers. Many of these offficers, the BJYM alleged, are DYFI members and members of CPM-affiliated police association.
CPM’s armed workers assembled behind the police force to attack the BJP cadre in the protest march to Minister .P Jayarajan’s house located in a ruling party stronghold in Kannur.
Seizing the opportunity of support by Kerala Police, CPM-affiliated DYSP’s Sadanandan attacked Yuva Morcha state president Praphul Krishna when BJYM held a protest march to Minister Jayarajan’s house.
Kerala Police targeted Praphul Krishna, Yuva Morcha state president, in particular for demanding the resignation of Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel for alleged Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) violation.
Despite heavy rainfall in several places, opposition parties in Kerala — mainly the INC and BJP — staged protests in several places including Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Idukki etc, demanding Jaleel’s resignation.
Reports state that the investigation has been intensified as the police believe there are more accused in the case.
Across Kerala, protests have broken out demanding the resignation of KT Jaleel, Minister for Higher Education, after he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a consignment of copies of the Holy Quaran brought from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The protest was met with state violence in many places in Thiruvananthapuram. The police resorted to baton strikes, water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
In Delhi, the activists of the BJP youth wing had gathered near Hotel Taj Mansingh and worshipped a calf. Later they marched towards the INC headquarters.
The protesters in Delhi raised slogans demanding the arrest of Kerala Youth Congress leaders accused of slaughtering of the calf and burnt effigies of Sonia and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
“This issue is connected with emotions of all Indians. Our protest is not for a political cause, it is for a social objective and we hope that Congress leadership will take stern action against their Kerala office bearers involved in this shameless act,” said BJYM Delhi unit president Sunil Yadav.
The police tried to stop them near Kapurthala House but the workers broke the police barricade. They continued to march towards Akbar Road where heavy police force stopped them at another barricade by using water cannons.
The ED has, meanwhile, quizzed Jaleel with regard to an alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) as it is alleged that he accepted the consignments through diplomatic channels violating FCRA norms. The ED recorded his statement on 13 September. The alleged FCRA violation unravelled after the minister’s name came up in connection with Swapna Suresh, a key accused in the gold smuggling case in Kerala. The minister said that Swapna had been contacted on the directions of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, where she was an employee, in connection with gifts distributed from the consulate as part of Ramadan celebrations.