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Kerala SC/ST commission register case against police over atrocities at SC colony

- June 5, 2022

Thiruvananthapuram, June 5 (BPNS)

Kerala SC/ST commission took a suo-moto case against policemen of Haripad police station on alleged atrocities at Champakkada colony in Haripad of Alappuzha district.

Chairman of SC/ST Commission, Kerala, B.S. Maoji IAS (rtd)while speaking to media persons said that there were allegations that a few policemen had barged into a residence in the SC colony and abused women and children using caste slur.

The incident occurred on Saturday light night and wee hours of Sunday morning.

Congress leader and former Alapuzha District Congress Chief, M. Liju while speaking to IANS said,” State police must conduct a proper investigation into the matter and why police had barged into a Scheduled Caste colony in Haripad and had used caste slur against women.”

 He said that after the police patrol party that had barged into the colony informed the Haripad DySp that they were being held captive in the colony, a huge police posse reached the place and assaulted women. 

Residents of the colony however told media persons that they had never held the policemen and it was a ploy of the police to bring in more men to the colony.

Sruthi, 32, a resident of the colony while speaking to media persons at Haripad said, “ A huge police posse reached the colony at 1 am on Sunday morning and forcefully took our brothers into custody from the colony and forced them into the police vehicle. I was dragged in the road and my dress was also torn in the scuffle.” She said that no single woman police officer was present during the police raid in the colony at late night.

Haripad DySp did not comment on the incident even after repeated phone calls.

Kerala police have been drawing flak over atrocities against people and this incident of barging into a Scheduled Caste colony and assaulting women has led to major ire against the state police force.