Kodiyeri backs police as CPM district conferences flag lapses, lauds CM

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. File Photo

Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that none has blamed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan or wholly disowned the Police Department at the party conferences held at the district-level.

In the article written in the party mouthpiece "Deshabhimani", Kodiyeri explained the party's position in response to the media reports that there were rampant criticisms at the party district conferences over the mishandling of the Home Department under the dispensation of Pinarayi Vijayan.

As reported earlier a demand for an independent and full-time home minister was raised especially by delegates at the Idukki district conference of the CPM.

The delegates unleashed a scathing attack saying that the home department had turned out to be a huge failure and they demanded a complete overhaul of the police department. Several delegates pointed out that the wrongdoings of the police had brought a bad name to all the good work done by the second Pinarayi Vijayan government. There is a need for a reshuffle in the police in all districts including Idukki.

Kodiyeri admitted that certain criticisms were raised at the party conferences with the aim of inviting the government's attention to certain shortcomings in the functioning of the police. He said that it was quite natural to have such kinds of feedback.

He said that it was due to the vision and successful intervention of the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is in-charge of the Home Department, that the Kerala Police has made a mark for effective public service in India.

He pointed out that around 50,000-odd police personnel were not mere robots and there were isolated cases of wrongdoings on their part amidst all the achievements made by the police.

He said that Pinarayi Vijayan himself had pointed out that the government would not tolerate the continuance of the police officials and personnel who were abusing their positions.

"The CPM has no absolute control over the police or any other department though the CPM-led LDF is ruling the state. The LDF government, which was elected for the second term by the people, is not a private asset of any front or any political party. The party cadres can approach the police station for just reasons. But the partymen should not interfere in the delivery of justice by the police. None should come in support of dreaded criminals," Kodiyeri said.

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