Cong, BJP urge end to over 750-day strike by Kerala youth

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 14, 2018

Opposition Congress and BJP today sought urgent intervention of the union and state governments into the plea of a man, on a sit-in protest in front of the Secretariat here for over three years, demanding a CBI probe into the alleged custodial death of his brother.

The CBI had the other day informed the state government that they can not take over the case as it is not of rare and exceptional nature. But with the issue lately taking the shape of a campaign in support of Sreejith on social media, Kerala opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala met the youth on Saturday and expressed his solidarity with his protest.

Sreejeev, who was allegedly in an affair with a girl, was taken into custody a day before her marriage in 2014 at the behest of her relative who was a policeman. Later, the youth was admitted to hospital after he consumed poison on May 19 that year and injuries marks were also found on his body.

Sreejith's health has meanwhile deteriorated following the long struggle, but the government's stand was that it had done everything possible.

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The Police Complaints Authority, on the other hand, had in 2016 adjudged that the case was a custodial death and ordered that the compensation paid to the victim's family was to be levied from policemen, including the Circle Inspector and Sub-Inspector. The CBI cited that the case does not come under the rarest of rare category and heavy workload as the reasons.

However, the state government has made a decision to approach the Centre again with the request.

Several social media activists announced that they will hold a secretariat march in support of Sreejith at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday. The sources in city police said that he could be removed to hospital anytime if a doctor certifies that his life is in danger.

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