October 25, 2016
Women petitioned District Collector T N Hariharan here on Tuesday to release men in their families who were arrested by the police in connection with the riots following the murder of Hindu Munnani activist Sasikumar.
According to M Jansi Rani of NGGO Colony, police picked up her husband T Magendhiran (29) for enquiry following the riots on 27 September. Magendhiran is employed at a private engineering firm.
“They initially said that he would be released soon after enquiry, but we learnt only later that he had been remanded and sent to prison,” she pondered. She claimed that her husband was in Thiruvananthapuram when the riots happened.
Likewise, Rathinam, mother of Manivannan, who works at a chat shop near Thudiyalur bus stop, claimed that her son was innocent yet had been arrested by the police.
“All the real culprits are either out on bail or have not been arrested at all, and only innocent people like my son are suffering in prison,” Rathinam alleged.
The petitioners also claimed that they have resorted to petitioning the Collector as their pleas to Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and others have been futile.
“We plead that our case be heard and those who are innocent yet arrested be released,” said the petitioners.
Notably, police arrested more than 800 persons in connection with the riots that occurred during Sasikumar’s funeral procession. Around 18 persons have also been booked under the Goondas Act after the riots.