Beemapally firing: Punish culprits, demands Popular Front

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Kozhikode: Popular Front of India demanded the Kerala government to give exemplary punishment for the culprits behind Beemapally firing incident in which six members of backward community were killed and scores were injured in May 2009. The demand came in the wake of report submitted by Ramakrishnan Commission that looked into the incident happened at Beemapally near state capital. The report had implicated police officials who fired at the people without following due procedures.
Popular Front state general secretary opined that as per the media reports on the Commission’s findings, it was clear that police had taken the decision to fire at the mob on their own without taking prior consent of magistrate which was mandatory. District Collector, Sub Collector and district magistrate had given statements to the Commission that they hadn’t given consent for firing.
He also demanded the state authorities that the conspiracy behind the incident should also be brought out. It was evident that some vested interests were involved with the issue. A minor incident that followed the questioning of goonda collection by a criminal called Komban Shibu was portrayed as communal violence between the two minority communities. Though the unauthorised involvement of then Deputy Police Commissioner A V george had come forth during that period, then home minister in LDF government led by CPM, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was not ready to look at that angle. And it was due to the intervention of the court the LDF government was forced to file case on murder charges against four police officers, Abdul Hameed added. He also said that had there been no court intervention the case would be swept under carpet.
He also demanded the government to look into the statement by DGP Jacob Punnuse who justified police firing. He pointed out that it was during last left government a Muslim youth was killed in police firing at Kasarkode.

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