Annie Raja | Photo: Latheesh Poovathur | Mathrubhumi
Ernakulam: Reiterating her earlier stance, CPI leader Annie Raja told mathrubhumi.com that she has 'n' number of reasons to strongly believe that the Kerala state police force is influenced by RSS and overshadowed by their 'inaction and overaction'.
“The so-called 'manuvadis' try to cover up issues when a woman approaches with a complaint on sexual harassment or other violence. I personally know many cases where women were denied justice by RSS men in uniforms. Their 'inaction or overaction' protect criminals and deny justice to victims. An honest and loyal police officer should register a case when a formal complaint is levelled. Attempt to patch up an issue is not expected from a police officer,” said Annie Raja.
She was called for help many times after police failed to ensure justice to women in Kerala, she claimed. “It is a very serious issue that affects the democratic process,” she added.
Annie also said that the state government must take it very seriously. “I have no concrete evidence to prove my claim but I have reasons to doubt the influence of RSS in the police force. It is a threat. How many young women died by suicide in Kerala, a state that boasts of hundred per cent literacy and efficient government mechanisms. A girl or a woman approaches the police as a final resort after tolerating the maximum,” added Annie Raja.
Snubbing her earlier remarks, CPI leaders in Kerala had come out openly against it. CPI State Secretary Kanam Rajendran said that party leaders in the state had no complaints about the functioning of the police. Calling the criticism as the party’s ‘internal matter,’ Kanam said that there was no need for making it a controversy. Whereas, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government will look into her complaints.
Adding fuel to it, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that certain individuals linked with RSS are trying to gain important positions in the Kerala police.
BJP State President K Surendran told mathrubhumi.com that the statements of Kodiyeri and Annie Raja are against the chief minister. “There are some internal issues inside the LDF front and CPM, these statements are the reflections of it. If they are right, it means the functioning of the home department headed by Pinarayi Vijayan, is a flop. He keeps mum to stay away from the heat,” said Surendran.
He also said that the RSS workers are loyal to the nation and they don't play politics in uniforms. “They stand for the welfare of the nation not to support criminals. Of course, there are RSS men in the police force; what is wrong with it? I told the media that there are RSS members in Kerala police as a reply to a question during a press conference held to speak about the political murders in Alappuzha. A police officer who is associated with SDPI leaked data of RSS members. I was speaking about that issue; then a question was raised about the presence of RSS men in the police. I admitted that there are RSS men in the police,” added Surendran.
Terming the statement of Surendran nonsense, Kasargod Lok Sabha MP, Rajmohan Unnithan, told mathrubhumi.com that action must be taken against him. “State police force is like the Army, Navy and Air Force as they are for the safety and security of the nation. These forces work without any political influence. The state government must wake up to weed out such communal forces from the police force. Otherwise, our state will gradually move into anarchy. Where is our intelligence system? Why have they not informed the government about the penetration of such communal forces into the police? The chief minister must answer these questions by quitting silence,” the MP said.