After CPM 'converts' house into party office, CPI vows to protect evicted family

Police inspect the house in Thodupuzha from where CPM workers allegedly evicted Mariyappan and his family and converted it into a party office. Photo: Manorama

Thodupuzha: The CPI has come out against the CPM for allegedly throwing out a Dalit family from their house and converting it into a party office.

CPI leaders said that the act of throwing the family out of the house where they have lived for decades is wrong and they will work to ensure that the family gets justice.

Meanwhile, the Kumily police have filed a case against four people including the Murikkadi CPM branch secretary for evicting Mariyappan and his family, consisting of wife Sasikala and two daughters, aged three-and-a-half years and two years, from their house.

Those booked by the police under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act include CPM Murikkadi branch secretary Vineesh, party workers Aniyan, Anup and Abilash.

The investigation is being led by Kattapana DYSP NC Rajmohan, who visited the family Tuesday and took statements from the complainants and relatives. A report has been sought from SC/ST commission, district collector, and district police chief.

It was alleged that the fight between relatives was taken up by party workers. However, the CPM leaders say that they have only taken the house that is in the name of Mariyappan’s brother on rent.

After they were thrown out of the house, Mariyappan and his family were admitted to a private hospital in Kumily.

When the CPM leaders came to know that a court-assigned lawyers' commission was going to carry out an inspection, they allegedly tried to trick the commission into believing that the party office was already functioning there.

Though the commission summoned Mariyappan to Murikkadi, he could not turn up because he was under treatment in the hospital.

BJP workers took out a procession in Murikkadi and Kumily protesting against the incident. Meanwhile, the CPM district committee has advised its local leaders not to have an office in the disputed place.

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