Kochi: Youth Congress state president Dean Kuriakose said he was ready to undergo sentences in any number of cases in connection with the hartal and strikes organized in protest of the Periya double murder case.
He was inaugurating the Youth Congress march to SP office in Aluva seeking CBI investigation in to the Periya double murder.
“We had called for a peaceful hartal and it was observed peacefully. However, efforts are on to mislead people that that’s not how thigs happened. The murder and protests against it in cannot be considered the same,” he said.
The High Court had directed the government to include Dean as an accused in all the cases registered in connection with the flash hartal held on February 18. The HC also said Dean was liable to pay for the losses incurred due to the hartal.
The government, in its affidavit had said that loss to public property alone amounted to Rs 2.64 crore.
“I respect the judiciary. However, this government is misleading the people. I am willing to be named and accused and undergo sentences in as many cases registered for protesting against the murderers. The government should show at least one tenth of its interest in registering cases against the protest towards arresting the killers, Dean said.
Dean Kuriakose is also facing a contempt of court case for failure to adhere to the 7-day notification before announcing a hartal. At the HC on Friday, Dean explained that he was not aware of the verdict.
On Saturday, the Youth Congress staged protest marches across the state demanding CBI investigation into the murders of Kripesh and Sarath Lal in Periya. Police stopped the Youth Congress march to the Aluva SP office resulting in a minor scuffle between the officials and activists. The police arrested and removed the activists. Similar protest in Kochi also ended in a scuffle following which the police used water cannon to disperse the activists.