KER­ALA: BRIBES AND THE BJP

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in­ves­ti­ga­tion on July 14.

An­gry vil­lagers were out on the streets again on July 19 af­ter one of the ac­cused died in po­lice cus­tody. Su­raj Singh, one of the two Nepali labour­ers, was al­legedly killed in­side po­lice lock-up by ac­cused Ra­jin­der Singh. Re­ports quot­ing the dead man’s widow as say­ing that her hus­band had “ad­mit­ted to some­one else’s crime” once again sparked off spec­u­la­tion of a cover-up.

Al­though the CBI has now taken over and reg­is­tered two FIRs—the rape and mur­der of the school­girl and Su­raj Singh’s cus­to­dial death—peo­ple in the area re­main restive.

The CM blames the op­po­si­tion BJP for in­sti­gat­ing the protests and the vi­o­lence. “They are play­ing pol­i­tics over a very sen­si­tive is­sue,” Virb­hadra told re­porters in Shimla. He’s prob­a­bly right. With assem­bly polls just months away, BJP lead­ers, in­clud­ing ex-CM Prem Ku­mar Dhu­mal, have been lead­ing the pub­lic protests.

But it’s not just the BJP that the CM has to be wary of. State Congress pres­i­dent Sukhwinder Sukku con­firmed on July 24 that as many as six party MLAs, in­clud­ing min­is­ters, have de­manded a ‘change in lead­er­ship’ in a let­ter to the party high com­mand.

WITH POLLS JUST MONTHS AWAY, THE BJP HAS BEEN LEAD­ING THE CI­TI­ZEN PROTESTS

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