Suryanelli rape case: Kerala Assembly adjourned over police excesses on women MLAs

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 15 (ANI): The Kerala Assembly was adjourned today after Left Democratic Front (LDF) disrupted proceedings to protest government's refusal to suspend police personnel, who allegedly roughed up two women MLAs during a protest over the Suryanelli gangrape case.

According to Television reports, angry Opposition members trooped to the well of the House and raised slogans after state Home Minister T. Radhkrishnan said government has ordered an oral probe under the Kerala Police Department Punishment and Appeal Rules.

The incident took place on February 6 when a group of pro-Left women activists staged a protest before the Assembly Complex demanding reinvestigation against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P. J. Kurien in the case.

Kurien had earlier on Tuesday rubbished all the allegations being levelled against him in connection with this case, and alleged that the CPI-M had raised it to gain political mileage in the upcoming polls as they had done in the past.

"There is political conspiracy from the left parties because parliament election is there and they can use it. When they first raised the allegations, it was 1996 elections, immediately before the elections. After the inquiry, they dropped it and again it was raised immediately before the 1999 elections as a private complaint," said Kurien.

"All the witnesses have been questioned thrice by three inquires. They have given their statements. If they have changed you better go and ask them why they changed it today after 17 years," he added, while claiming his innocence.

Kurien"s name figured again in connection with this case after the victim wrote to her advocate in Delhi to explore the possibility of filing a review petition, seeking a fresh probe against the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.

The girl has also written a letter to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Leader of the Opposition, VS Achuthanandan, demanding the probe against Kurien be reopened.

A total of 42 men were accused of raping the 16-year-old girl, who hailed from Suryanelli in Kerala"s Idukki District. Brutally raped for 45 days, she was then told by the perpetrators to return home and keep mum.

According to reports, Dharmarajan, the only man convicted by the Kerala High Court in the case, has been arrested by the police in Karnataka. ANI)

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