Thiruvananthapuram: Former Kerala home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, MLA , on Wednesday brought a grenade to the legislative assembly, triggering a controversy.
Alleging that a 'police raj' was prevalent in the state, Thiruvanchoor showed the grenade at the assembly. He said this was one of the many grenades thrown at Youth Congress workers by the police in Thirvuvananthapuram.
The incident happened during a discussion on the home department. Unleashing a scathing attack on the police force, Thiruvanchoor said that the cops were suppressing people's protests in the most brutal manner.
He then took out the grenade from a cover. Claiming that the police were using expired grenades, Thiruvanchoor said these could have severe consequences.
Pointing out the gravity of Thiruvanchoor's statement, S Sarma of the ruling front, said: "A senior leader like Thiruvanchoor should not have brought dangerous explosives like a grenade to the House."
When the speaker ruled that the issue would be taken up seriously, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan intervened. "If the grenade brought by Thiruvanchoor is indeed a live explosive, the matter is extremely serious," said Pinarayi, who also asked the Congress MLA to hand over the grenade to security personnel.
Thiruvanchoor then obeyed the CM directive, defusing an explosive situation in the assembly.
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