Kerala youth Congress leader sent to jail for protesting against Left government

“Rahul was at the KIMS Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram for a week until day before yesterday and he was in Kollam yesterday. If they had wanted to arrest him then, they could have. This is nothing but a planned move,” added his mother.

Terming his arrest outrageous, Indian Youth Congress president BV Srinivas said Mamkootathil’s arrest was an assault on democracy.

‘Arresting Rahul Mamkootathil, Kerala Youth Congress President, for protesting against state govt & CPM is an assault on democracy. Peaceful dissent is a right, not a crime. Kerala govt, stop targeting opposition & unleashing political vendetta!’ posted Srinivas on X.

The hurried arrest also led to protest marches by the Congress and the Youth Congress workers at Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kannur, Malappuram and Alappuzha.

Congress MLA PC Vishnunadh said that the government and the police were brutally suppressing protests and this is not how democracy functions.

“This is nothing but the vendetta of the state government against Mamkootathil. The state has not followed the basic Supreme Court guidelines for his arrest. The state wants to lock him up under false cases following the footsteps of fascist regimes,” alleged Vishnunadh.

The state government led by Pinarayi Vijayan has taken a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and BJP’s playbook, claimed Vishnunadh, adding: “If the LDF (Left Demoratic Front) thinks they can suppress protests by arresting leaders, they will soon realise their folly. Congress protests will continue with even more fervour.”

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