Kottayam: The cap finds the suited head could be just an adage but now we know who dons the caps of power.
In an embarrassing development for the police and the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), history-sheeter and DYFI area secretary Midhun, alias Ambily, 23, managed to click a selfie with a sub-inspectors cap on and send it out to his friends on WhatsApp.
He landed up at the police station after being arrested in connection with the attack on BJP workers at Kumarakom on Monday morning. From there, the things turned quirky.
He didn’t want to forfeit the souvenir moment unnoticed. He forwarded the selfie to his friends in no time.
But, the BJP also didn’t feel like letting the chance slip out of hand. BJP district president N. Hari posted the selfie for the public to watch. When the selfie circulation put the police in a spot, the district police chief ordered an inquiry by the deputy superintendent of police (DySP), Kottayam.
Midhun, a resident of Thaipparambil, Kumarakom, was arrested and brought to the police station for allegedly attacking BJP mandalam general secretary and BMS panchayat unit president. The DySP said 18 cases, including three attempts to murder, were pending against Midhun, who is also the district committee member of the SFI and the district coordinator of the Youth Welfare Board. The party suspended him on Tuesday.
A peace meeting of the CPM and the BJP had taken place in Kottayam on August 1 in which both parties decided to avoid confrontation, on consensus.
The meeting was convened at the direction of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan following the recent spurt of violence in the state after the workers of both parties clashed each other. But the efforts to broker peace in the area turned futile and violence erupted once again at Kumarakom on August 5 in which local leaders of the BJP were injured. BJP activists led by state general secretary Shobha Surendran had laid siege to Kottayam East police station on Sunday night demanding the arrest of Midhun and others involved.
East CI Saju Varghese arrested Midhun on Monday morning. The BJP alleged that the selfie session took place in the Kottayam East police station in the afternoon.