Revenue dept finds Omanakuttan innocent; complaint to be withdrawn
Alappuzha: Revenue department will withdraw the complaint filed against Omanakuttan, a CPM local committee member, who had collected money from a flood relief camp. Dr V Venu, principal secretary to Revenue and Disaster management dept directed the district collector to withdraw the case filed against Omanakuttan.
In a Facebook post, Dr Venu wrote that an investigation found Omanakuttan was not a thief or a culprit. His innocence have been understood and the purpose of collecting money from the relief camp. We regret the suffering caused to Omanakuttan in this regard, wrote the principal secretary.
District administration came to a primary conclusion that Omanakuttan has not done anything for his personal gain. Based on this, district collector will visit him in person on Saturday evening. CPM might withdraw his suspension.
On Friday, a video of Omanakuttan collecting money from a relief camp in Cherthala that was carried by media had attracted huge criticism from people. Following that officials took action against him. However, primary investigation proved there was no fault in his action.
Omanakuttan collected money for the smooth functioning of the camp set up in a community hall at Kuruppankulangara in Cherthala. There are 138 families in the camp. Based on the report, police were directed not to arrest him.
Kuruppankulangara ward is vulnerable to inundation. So a camp was set up here for flood affected people. Though food items were supplied from the Maveli store for the inmates of the camp, revenue officials had not granted money for transporting the materials to the camp. Omanakuttan collected Rs 70 to pay the truck rent which brought materials to the camp from Maveli store.
But the video of Omanakuttan circulated on social media claimed he forcefully collected money from the inmates and created controversy.
However, Omanakuttan said that he is happy that the government realized the truth.
‘People here know what I had done here. Video was deliberately circulated with a purpose to destroy government and the party. I am not anguished about it’, said Omanakuttan.