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Twenty Twenty demand CBI probe into the death of party worker Deepu in Kerala

- February 20, 2022

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20(BPNS)

The Chief coordinator of Twenty Twenty and known industrialist of Kerala, Sabu M. Jacob has called for a CBI investigation into the death of Deepu, an activist of the party, who is also a Dalit.

Sabu in a press conference on Sunday said that the Twenty-twenty does not believe that the state police would give justice to them and that Deepu’s death may be put under the carpet by the Kerala police.

He said that the state police will not do a fair investigation and that it was driving away people by framing cases against them on flimsy charges.

Deepu, a Dalit activist of the Twenty Twenty succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in Kochi after allegedly being attacked by CPI-M workers. Twenty Twenty has alleged that the CPM leader and Kizhakkambalam MLA, P.V. Sreenijan was behind the murder and called upon the police to issue a charge sheet with Sreenijan as the first accused.

Sabu M. Jacob also alleged that the MLA had publicly stated that the deceased Deepu was suffering from liver ailments and that he died due to his diseases and not by the thrashing meted out. Twenty twenty came out heavily against this statement and said that Deepu had internal bleeding following the assault by the CPM men and that he was not suffering from any other ailment as said by the Kizhakkambalam MLA, P.V. Sreenijan.

The Twenty-twenty chief coordinator told media persons that they don’t expect justice from the Kerala police and that the doctors of the private hospital were under pressure when Deepu was admitted to the ICU of that hospital. He further said that the Kerala police had charged a case against him (Sabu) for violating Covid protocol as the deceased Deepu was tested positive.

Sabu M. Jacob said that while Congress leaders and BJP leaders had also participated in the funeral of Deepu, the case was registered against only twenty twenty workers and leaders.

Meanwhile, the Kizhakkambalam police said that no case was charged against Congress leaders including the opposition leader, V.D. Satheeshan as they had paid their last respects to Deepu at his home.

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president, K. Sudhakaran while speaking to media persons said, “ Police must register a case against the CPM leader, P.V. Sreenijan who is also the MLA of the area for allegedly being part of the conspiracy in the brutal assault and subsequent death of Deepu, the Dalit leader of twenty twenty.”

It may be noted that twenty twenty is a political outfit floated by industrialist Sabu Jacob of the Kitex group. Twenty twenty is ruling four panchayaths in Ernakulam district including Kizhakkamabalam.

Police have already arrested four persons in connection with the assault on Deepu and are in judicial custody.

The deceased Deepu’s father Kunjayan said that his son was under threat from CPM men and had threatened that they would kill his son.