Kerala: RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh’s worker dies in police custody; BJP calls for hartal

Sohit Mishra
The family of the deceased has alleged that Sandeep died due to police torture.

Kasaragod, Apr 8: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a hartal in Kasaragod today after the mysterious death of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh worker. The worker was arrested for drinking in public after which he has been alleged to die in the police custody.

The worker is reported to be named as Sandeep. According to police, after being arrested, Sandeep felt uneasiness after which he was taken to a nearby hospital. “A BMS activist was taken into custody along with four others on a complaint that men were drinking in public place. Sandeep felt uneasiness and police took him to the nearby hospital and he died,” a police official said. However, the family of the deceased has alleged that Sandeep died due to police torture. The police has transferred the station Sub-inspector following the incident.

The BJP’s call for hartal comes two days after the party had called for hartal protesting against the alleged excessive use of force by the police on the mother of Jishnu Prannoy, an engineering college student who died allegedly after being tortured by his college authorities.

The state government in Kerala has been in criticism after repeated instances of police insensitivity and high-handedness and the incident of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh worker dying in police custody comes days after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had called meetings of the police personnel at the range level to discuss the law and order priorities of the government.