New Delhi, Jan.6:
Centre has asked for a report from Kerala Government regarding the spate of violence after two women entered the Sabarimala shrine last week.
The Ministry of Home Affairs sought the report on the violence that erupted in the State. The houses of several CPM and BJP leaders were attacked.
Governor P. Sathasivam on Saturday briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the law and order situation in Kerala. On Friday, the Governor had sought a report from the State government on the incidents of violence and destruction of public property at various places in the State.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan sought to dispel the Opposition’s accusation that the police had failed to contain the CPI(M)-BJP conflict that saw widespread violence in the State since Wednesday. He said there was “no failure on the part of the police. The force had acted maturely and responsibly. The RSS had unleashed the violence. The government would not allow the Sangh Parivar to hold Kerala at knifepoint.”
The police on Saturday said they had arrested 3,282 suspects, an overwhelming number of them BJP-RSS activists, responsible for the Sabarimala-related violence. The violence had abated in most parts of the State, except for a few rural pockets.
A vast majority of the accused were let off on bail from station houses after the police recorded their statements. As many as 487 persons were remanded in judicial custody by various courts. The police have stepped up mass arrests and round-ups in the State. An officer said the police had focussed on arresting persons suspected to be responsible for the attack on houses of elected representatives and political leaders. Law enforcers and plainclothes squads were working in tandem to detain the accused.Ban order: District Collector Mir Muhammed Ali clamped prohibitory orders in the areas under the Thalassery and New Mahe police station limits under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code for two days beginning on Sunday.