Beemapalli firing: court directs to raid houses of Home Minister and DGP

By Najiya O.,,

Kochi: The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, where the Beemapalli case is being tried, directed to raid the houses of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Home Minister, and Jacob Punnoose, Director General of Police. The houses should be raided to get documents regarding the police firing which took the lives of six people, said the court.

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AM Basheer, Judicial First Class Magistrate, ordered Sibi Mathews, Additional Director General of Police of the Intelligence, to find the documents regarding the Beemapalli incident, such as the warning reports given by the Special Branch and the Intelligence prior to the firing and the fraud documents created to show that the police fired on the order of the deputy-Collector. Reportedly, the firing was not ordered by any authority.

The court order came on the Public Interest Litigation submitted by Adv. Neyattinkara P. Nagaraj. Mr. Nagaraj submitted the PIL against (accusing) the Home Minister, DGP, VR Rajeevan, ADGP, Vinson M Paul, IG, Sanjay Kaul, district Collector, and Suresh Kumar and Shareefudheen, assistant commissioners.

The court has also ordered the present Circle Inspector of Poonthura (near Beemapalli) to present in person in the court and to submit all documents related to the incident such as the register of weapons, the pocket-diary notebooks of the Circle Inspector and the Sub Inspector who have been suspended after the incident, etc.

Mr. Nagaraj said in the court that the fraud documents and the documents warning of an imminent clash in the coastal region were hidden by the accused in the houses of the Home Minister and the DGP.

Six people were killed and several others severely injured in the police firing that took place in coastal Beemapalli in Thiruvananthapuram on 17th May. The Home Minister admitted in the Assembly last day that the incident was a stain on the Government. The Government has distributed compensation for the victim families, though after much protest from various Muslim organizations.