KERALA: BRIBES AND THE BJP
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