Police resorted to the usage of water cannon and tear fuel to disperse protesters at a number of locations as numerous political organisations on Wednesday took out marches throughout the state alleging that “essential information” had been destroyed within the fireplace that broke out on the Secretariat right here. Many employees had been allegedly injured within the police motion.
The Congress and the BJP, their youth-wing organisations, girls’s wing organisations, and the Socialist Democratic Occasion of India (SDPI) took out marches at numerous locations, together with to the secretariat right here, in protest towards the left authorities. The employees alleged that the fireplace final night was a “transfer to destroy the information” associated to the gold smuggling case.
The federal government maintained that not one of the essential information had been destroyed because the state secretariat had just a few years in the past migrated all its information to the e-files system as a part of the paperless secretariat initiative.
Police resorted to the usage of water cannon and tear fuel at employees of Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP, who tried to climb over the police barricade and enter the secretariat advanced in Thiruvanathapuram.
The BJP took out one other rally which was adopted by these of the Youth Congress, the Congress, and the SDPI.
The Mahila Congress additionally marched to the secretariat, attempting to interrupt the barricades which had been set across the advanced since early morning. Youth Congress activists burnt an effigy of the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Kannur and Ernakulam, sources mentioned.
The Youth Congress activists additionally staged protests at numerous districts and there was a minor scuffle when police tried to arrest and take away them at Kollam, police mentioned. The Yuva Morcha march to Kannur additionally allegedly turned violent, injuring many.
Chief of Opposition within the state meeting Ramesh Chennithala launched a scathing assault on Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehtha and mentioned he’s now the “Avishwas Mehtha.” The information had been destroyed to avoid wasting Swapna Suresh (key accused within the gold smuggling case), Sivashankar (suspended senior IAS officer and former principal secretary to CM)and the chief minister, he alleged.
“The federal government has appointed the Chief Secretary to defend them. He isn’t Vishwas Mehta anymore however’Avishwas Mehta. When a fireplace broke out within the Normal Administration Division yesterday, Mehta chased away the media who got here to seek out out what occurred,” Chennithala informed reporters throughout a protest march in entrance of the secretariat.
Chennithala additionally shot off a letter to Governor Arif Mohammed Khan urging him to “summon” the chief secretary and the chief minister to hunt “rationalization” over the “gross negligence” ensuing within the fireplace.
In the meantime, BJP state chief Ok Surendran mentioned the federal government’s rationalization on e-files was not passable and the fireplace was “pre-planned.” “A lot of the staff had been quarantined and the federal government is but to launch the small print of those that have turned constructive and the variety of employees below quarantine.When the workplace was shutdown because of COVID instances, did the federal government inform the media?” Surendran requested.
Nonetheless, CPI(M) state chief Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged the Congress has been engaged in violence to cover the ignominy of defeat within the no-confidence movement within the state Meeting.
He claimed each the Congress and the BJP had been attempting to incite violence collectively and it was evident that the BJP state chief Surendran and opposition Congress Chief Ramesh Chennithala reached the spot quickly after the fireplace broke out. “The violence within the state capital is perpetrated by the Congress to cover the ignominy of defeat within the state Meeting and the variations of opinion from their very own (UDF) Entrance.
Each the Congress and the BJP have been attempting to spin out a pretend narrative even because it has been clear that only some papers had been partially burnt within the incident,” Balakrishnan mentioned in a press release.
He identified that essential information had been within the e-filing system and the opposition was protesting and “inciting” violence regardless of realizing all the small print. “The Opposition is properly conscious of all these particulars however nonetheless desire to interact in pretend narratives and violence. Whereas probing the matter, the function of Congress and the BJP on this matter must also be investigated,” Balakrishanan mentioned.
The youth wing of CPI, the AIYF, alleged the Congress and the BJP had been attempting to incite violence within the state capital. “Each the events have crossed all limits and is engaged on this protest drama. The Opposition should clarify why they’re protesting.It looks like, there’s a conspiracy behind this.
Simply minutes after the fireplace broke out, the BJP leaders reached the spot and it reveals that there’s a conspiracy behind the incident,” the AIYF mentioned in a press release.
The state authorities has been drawing flak within the gold smuggling case involving a diplomatic baggage addressed to the UAE consulate and the matter is being probed by central companies together with the NIA, Customs and the Enforcement Directorate. The NIA has arrested many together with former staff of the Consulate Swapna Suresh and Sarith.
The state authorities had earlier suspended senior IAS officer and the then IT secretary M Sivashankar, who was additionally the principal secretary to the chief minister, after allegations got here up that he had shut reference to Swapna Suresh.
The Congress had on Tuesday demanded an NIA probe into the matter, whereas the state BJP chief courted arrest for forcefully getting into the advanced quickly after the fireplace broke out. The state authorities has appointed an skilled panel
to look into the incident and requested it to submit the report inside every week, whereas the crime department will even probe the matter.
“A particular group headed by Catastrophe Administration Commissioner Kaushik has been appointed to probe the technical motive behind the fireplace that broke out within the secretariat, and to file the report inside every week,” the chief secretary’s workplace mentioned in a launch. The crime department group might be headed by ADGP Manoj Abraham.
Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta and different senior officers, together with members of the probe group, have already visited the spot.
The incident occurred on the second ground of the North Sandwich Block the place sure sections of the Normal Administration and the tourism division are functioning.
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