CPM workers 'forcefully evict' family, convert house into party office

A board reading ‘CPM Murukkadi Branch Office’ was also put up on the front wall of the house in Thodupuzha.

Thodupuzha: A group of CPM workers allegedly threw a couple and their toddlers out of their house and converted it into a party office at Murikkadi, near Kumali, in Idukki district.

According to a complaint filed with the local police, party workers attacked Mariyappan and Sasikala of Lakshmi Vilasam, Murikkadi, and forcefully evicted them from the house where they had been living for years. A board reading ‘CPM Murukkadi Branch Office’ was also put up on the front wall of the house.

The couple has two daughters, aged three-and-a-half years and two years.

Ownership dispute over the property among relatives is said to be the reason behind the incident.

Mariyappan has been living with his grandfather who, according to him, had given him an oral assurance to gift him the property.

However, following Mariyappan’s marriage, Muthu aka Muhammed Salman, the natural legal heir of the elderly man, started staking ownership claims over the ancestral property, leading to a conflict.

Mariyappan, who has been admitted to a private hospital in Kumali, along with hi s family.

Muthu approached the local CPM leadership to sort out the issue, while Mariyappan sought the help of CPI leaders in the area. A couple of days ago, CPI activists, extending their support to Mariyappan, hoisted their party flag in front of the house in question. Later, the flag was removed following intervention by party leaders.

Meanwhile, Sasikala moved the munsiff court, Peerumedu, and obtained a favorable order. The next day, a group of CPM workers barged into the house and allegedly beat the couple up and forcefully evicted them.

Dismissing the allegations, CPM Kumali local secretary V I Simson said that the party had only sought police intervention to evict the couple since the property should be vested in to Muthu, the legal heir, automatically.

“We have submitted a copy of the court order along with our complaint to the police. But no action has been taken so far,” Mariyappan, who has been admitted to a private hospital in Kumali, said.

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