19 SFI activists detained in Rahul Gandhi vandalism case in Kerala

Nineteen activists from the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), the student wing of the ruling CPI(M), have so far been arrested and remanded in custody in connection with the attack on Congressman Rahul Gandhi’s office here and are still being charged on Saturday. more arrests expected. the police said.

All the arrested persons were identified as local SFI activists and were remanded in custody for two weeks by a local court.

“The arrest of 19 people has been registered so far. A few more people were arrested and more arrests are expected to take place today. At present, the case is under investigation by the Deputy Superintendent of Police of Mananthavady and will soon be handed over to the ADGP-led special investigation team,” he told PTI.

Hours after SFI activists vandalized Gandhi’s Wayanad office, the left-wing government Friday night ordered a high-level investigation by an ADGP rank officer and suspended Kalpetta Deputy Superintendent of Police pending investigation.

Meanwhile, the opposition congress continued to insist that the vandalism of Gandhi’s office and the act of violence were committed with the knowledge of the ruling Marxist party and its supreme leader of the opposition leader in the state assembly, VD Satheesan, who visited the vandalized office this morning and reiterated that it was done with the knowledge of Vijayan.

He also claimed that a former personal staff of Health Minister Veena George was involved in the attack on Gandhi’s office here.

“Congress and UDF will continue our protest. Goondaism thrives in Kerala with active support from the Pinarayi government,” he previously tweeted.

An SFI protest march against Rahul Gandhi’s office here on Friday turned violent when a group of activists entered the Lok Sabha member’s office and vandalized it, prompting the prime minister to strongly condemn the incident and warn against harsh measures. against the perpetrators.

The incident occurred when SFI activists marched into Gandhi’s office, claiming he had done nothing on the issue of buffer zones around forests.

While the main opposition party claimed the attack took place with the knowledge of the Vijayan, the prime minister said in a strongly worded message that this country offers room for freedom of expression and democratic protest, but it was a wrong practice if it culminates in violence.

A recent Supreme Court order mandates the maintenance of a one-kilometer Eco-sensitive Zone (ESZ) around national parks and nature reserves, sparking widespread protest in several parts of Kerala.

The high-altitude areas of Kerala, particularly in Idukki, Wayanad, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts, had witnessed hartals by various political and peasant groups against the court’s highest order issued on June 3.

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