Kerala: In scenes which shocked many, Kerala Congress MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan came to the Assembly carrying a used grenade.
Kerala Congress MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Wednesday came to the Assembly carrying a ‘used tear gas shell’. Radhakrishnan showed the grenade to the Speaker, claiming they were used by the police last week to disburse Youth Congress. He added that the grenade were beyond there expiry date and yet the police were using them. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his concerns over the issue. The chief minister termed the development a huge threat to security. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) legislators reacted strongly, citing rules that say the MLAs are not supposed to bring firearms inside the Assembly. Thiruvanchoor later submitted the tear gas shell to Assembly officials. Speaking over the issue, senior CPI-M MLA S Sharma said that bringing arms to the House was not in order. He added that a senior legislator like Radhakrishnan should not have come with such a material.
At the time of said incident, Youth Congress workers were staging a demonstration outside the Kerala Secretariat seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against the alleged murder of one of their party workers. The Indian Express reported that YC’s state general secretary Leena, along with other protestors raised slogans against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and LDF government in Kerala. The protestors allegedly tried to enter chief minister’s office on the third floor but were prevented by security personnel.
Later, the protest took a violent turn as activists started hurling stones and bottles at officials. On the other hand, police used water cannons and tear gas shells while trying to control the situation. Shuhaib, a worker of Congress, was allegedly murdered by CPI(M) workers on February 12. A case was registered and five people were arrested. The chief minister had rejected the demand for a CBI investigation, saying the state police’s probe was going in the right direction. Hence, there was no need for a CBI probe, the government had argued. However, in a fresh development, Kerala High Court ordered a CBI probe into the incident.