BJP protest over death of man in police custody

Tense moments prevailed in Varappuzha area near Kochi on Tuesday after BJP workers blocked traffic on the Ernakulam-Guruvayur highway to protest the alleged death of a 26-year old man in police custody.

Sreejith, who was taken into custody in connection with the death of a person last week, died in a private hospital on Monday evening.

His relatives alleged that he died due to torture.

Scores of BJP workers blocked the road throwing traffic out of gear after the party called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Varappuzha Panchayat, protesting the death of Sreejith, who they claimed was a party worker.

The BJP workers said they would continue their agitation till Sreejith’s family gets justice.

Visuals aired by Malayalam television channels showed BJP workers allegedly preventing vehicles from moving forward.

During the protest, the party workers allegedly manhandled a person who approached them seeking a safe passage for his vehicle carrying his child to hospital.

Local leaders of the BJP, however, rejected allegations of violence during the protest.

Congress workers also took out a march to Varappuzha police station, protesting the incident.

Sreejith’s body has been sent for postmortem at Government Medical College, Alappuzha.

Police have rejected the allegation of torture, saying Sreejith was suspected to have suffered injuries during a clash allegedly before he was taken into custody.

Meanwhile, Kerala Police chief Loknath Behera said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to probe the incidents that led to Sreejith’s death.

(Agencies)