CPI general secretary D Raja on Monday justified his party leader Annie Raja's remarks against the Kerala police last week, that if there is an inaction on the part of the police, it will be criticised. Annie Raja had also said that if there is excesses on the part of police in any part of the country, either in Kerala or in Uttar Pradesh or somewhere else, it will be criticised, questioned and condemned.
Annie Raja, wife of D Raja, had hit out at the Kerala police recently over increasing atrocities against women in Kerala. CPI is a key partner in Kerala's ruling CPI(M)-led LDF.
Defending Annie Raja's comments, D Raja had said that the police is supposed to be friend of the people. This comes after CPI Kerala state chief Kanan Rajendran rejected Annie Raja's remarks and said that the state leaders had no complaint about the functioning of police under CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
"No senior leader of the CPI in Kerala has criticised the functioning of the police in the state. The state unit of the party also does not have such an opinion against the force," Rajendran had told reporters in New Delhi on Saturday.
Earlier on Wednesday, Annie Raja had said that inaction of Kerala police was the reason for the increased incidents of atrocities against women in the southern state. Annie Raja had further said that she suspected the presence of an RSS gang in Kerala police for its inaction in crimes against women of Kerala.
Reacting to this, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday had said that the state government will look into the reason, why Annie Raja made such statement. Calling her a national leader, Vijayan had said that she might have got some information from somewhere, "We will try to understand the reason behind such a statement," he added.
Earlier on Friday, the Kerala High Court (HC) on Friday directed the state police chief to issue a circular advising all police officers in the state to make use of respectable language when interacting with the public. The Kerala HC, in its order, asked the state police officers to refrain from using "eda, edi" terminology with the public, which is considered impolite in Malayalam.
Kerala HC's single bench of Justice Devan Ramachandran passed this order when hearing a petition filed by a father of a 15-year-old girl, who complained of rude police behaviour. The father of the girl, in his petition, had alleged that officers of the Cherpu Police Station in Thrissur district used coarse language while speaking to his daughter during a vehicle inspection as a part of COVID protocol management.