Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has justified the police action on Jishnu Pranoy's mother and relatives, saying the cops only discharged their duties.
Pinarayi said DGP Loknath Behera was willing to meet Jishnu's mother Mahija, who along with her relatives, were staging a protest in front of the state police chief's office seeking justice for her deceased son.
Pinarayi said the police were trying to stop outsiders who barged into the protest venue.
"IG Manoj Abraham has been assigned to probe the incident. Action will be taken on the basis of his report," the CM said.
Kodiyeri calls for probe
CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan echoed the CM's views when he said the police intervened in the protest as some people tried to make political gains out of the issue.
"The situation turned tense after activists of the BJP, SUCI and SDPI tried to join the strike at the venue where protests are not allowed," he said.
Kodiyeri said the government should examine if the police erred in their approach. "We are sympathetic towards Jishnu's family. We will find a solution to their complaint," he said.
The cops came under fire after relatives alleged that Mahija was assaulted during a standoff between both parties in front of the police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
Jishnu, a first-year student at the Nehru College of Engineering, in Pampady in Thrissur district, was found hanging in the bathroom of the hostel in January after the college authorities allegedly harassed him.
Mahija alleged that police have failed to arrest the culprits even three months after the death of her son.