Koothuparamba police station to get a facelift, torture room where Pinarayi tormented to vanish
Koothuparamba: Old police station building in Kannur’s Koothuparamba which is notorious for police brutality during the Emergency period in India will get a facelift soon. However, the building which includes old prison cells will be reconstructed as a modern sub-jail by leaving eerie memories among Keralites.
During the Emergency period, the present CM and then MLA of Koothuparamba Pinarayi Vijayan was brutally tortured by police at the ‘Edi muri’(special torture room) in the police station. According to Vijayan, he was thrashed by cops including senior police officials. In the post-Emergency period, Vijayan brought his blood-stained shirt to Kerala Assembly and gave a speech on the police brutality which he faced and also shared his experiences in the jail.
Not just Vijayan, many other leaders faced brutality in the jail. Third-degree torture methods such as ‘Garudan Thookkam’(arms of an individual are tied behind their back and a rope is tied to the wrists for suspending person in the air) were used.
Notably, the old torture rooms will be maintained even after transforming the police station building to sub-jail. The old jail rooms of the British period unused for more than seven decades will also be maintained. The sub-jail has been constructed by linking the old police station building and jail rooms.
It was in 1871 that Britishers built their first police station in Kottayam market. With the construction of court and sub-jail in Koothuparamba during 1878, they also shifted police station. However, with the coming of sub-jail in Thalassery,sub-jail at Koothuparamba became dysfunctional. But, it was used as a police lockup and circle inspector’s office for a long time. The walls of the sub-jail have also witnessed a historic moment in which the Indian flag was hoisted on the flag pole even before the proclamation of Independence.
A few years back new police station building at Koothuparamba was constructed. That is when police lockup and circle inspector’s office were shifted from the old building.
Like a poetic justice or sweet revenge, the decision on revamping and stone-laying of the new sub-jail was done by CM Pinarayi Vijayan. During the stone-laying ceremony, he pointed out that sub-jail with top-notch facilities comes in the same place where he shed his blood.
The construction of the tall compound walls of the jail is already completed. The sub-jail will be ready once the other works are over.