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BJP leaders, workers 'shield' accused councilors from arrest, swarms hospital

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mayor-prasanth-injured Opposition leader Girikumar and his supporters reportedly manhandled mayor V K Prasanth, who was on his way out after a council meeting at Thiruvananthapuram corporation Saturday. Photo: Manoj Chemancheri

Thiruvananthapuram: The BJP is pulling all strings to avoid the arrest of its councilors accused of assaulting Thiruvananthapuram mayor V K Prashanth inside the city council office.

The police are yet to arrest the accused councilors, who have taken refuge amid a crowd of BJP workers in a private hospital near Attukal.

More number of workers are reportedly swarming into the locale according to reports to shield the leaders from arrest.

The workers said they would not let the police arrest the councilors until senior leaders have spoken with the police chief.

The director general of police has already told the BJP leaders that they cannot expect any leniency.

The police are left with no choice but to arrest the councilors who face serious charges including attempt to murder.

BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan said the police were trying to frame party leaders in the case. He rejected reports that the mayor was attacked.

“Nobody has assaulted the mayor. He fell down in the melee. The visuals do not show anyone attacking him.

However, the CPM councilors are seen kicking opposition leader Giri Kumar,” he said.

The police have not filed a case against the CPM councilors who attacked even a woman councilor from a Scheduled Caste community, Rajasekharan told reporters after visiting the party councilors in the hospital.

Read more at: Latest in Kerala | RSS man surrenders after assault on TVPM mayor

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