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Kerala: Cong MP threatens policeman over arrest of man accused of sand smuggling


Naveen Nair,CNN-IBN
Nov 03, 2012 at 09:45am IST

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Thiruvananthapuram: Yet another MP has been caught on camera showing his muscle power. Congress leader from Kerala K Sudhakaran was caught on camera trying to force the release of a man held for sand mining. Sudhakaran managed to pull-off a Mamata-like performance at a police station in Kannur.

The MP abused the sub-inspector who had taken into custody K Ragesh, also a youth Congress leader. Ragesh had come to the station allegedly demanding the release of a truck confiscated for alleged sand smuggling. The MP was in no mood to listen to what the police had to say. Rather, he shouted at the inspector, "Are you a filmstar? Who are you to beat up Kallikodan Rajesh? You will be out of service in no time. Don't play politics here."

This is not the first time that Sudhakaran has displayed such behaviour. In 2009, Sudhakaran staged a 13-hour satyagraha in front of a police station for a similar reason. But this time, it seems the government is in no mood to be party to his actions.

Home Minister T Radhakrsishnan has already ordered an investigation. He said, "The government's stand is clear. We cannot allow such activities in police stations. We will not tolerate such actions at any cost. Police is there to help people. We cannot allow it to be held ransom by anyone."

The government has acted, but what stand will the Congress leadership in the state take? Sudhakaran is the party's only strongman in a district that is the bastion of the CPM and disciplining him may cost the party dear.

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