Cherthala: Police registered a cheating case against a CPM local leader who collected money from the inmates of a relief camp here, to pay for a vehicle which transported materials to it.
Earlier, CPM district secretary R Naser said Omanakuttan, party local committee member of Kurupankulanga, was suspended pending enquiry. Omanakuttan was suspended for collecting money from people staying in the relief camp at Cherthala south village panchayat community hall. The entire episode was recorded on camera.
As a convenor, Omanakuttan collecting money on his own instead of alerting revenue and other officials regarding the lack of facilities was a mistake, the CPM observed. The Left government’s stance is not to collect money from relief camps. In this situation, a party leader himself acting against it could not be accepted. Hence he has been suspended, the CPM said.
State Minister for Public Works G Sudhakaran, who visited the camp later told reporters that no one had asked Omanakuttan to collect money and it happened due to negligence of the officials.
Meanwhile, Cherthala Tahsildar denied allegations that the district authorities were not providing money for relief camps and said she regularly visited all the camps and ensured all facilities were available in the camps.
"I came here day before yesterday and no one complained," the Tahsildar said. A complaint has been registered by the police and the money collected by the Left leader was returned to the inmates, officials said. Sudhakaran warned of action if someone indulged in such acts.