A day after two Dalit sisters were arrested in Kannur district of Kerala for allegedly trespassing into a CPI-M party office and beating up two partymen, their father on Saturday alleged that the police acted under pressure from the party.
N. Rajan, a Congress leader, told media that the CPI-M activists had earlier attacked him and and his daughter at their house, but no action was taken over that. He also questioned why the police arrested only his daughters sparing him and his son-in-law.
On Friday, Thalaserry Police arrested Akhila, 30, and Anjana, 25, and presented them before a court that sent the two siblings and Akhila's 18-month-old baby to jail.
DGP Loknath Behara said that he had sought reports on the incident.
Rajan's family has come under frequent ire of the CPI-M leaders after he contested the last year's local body election against Karayi Rajan, a top party leader at Thalaserry. The women reportedly went to the party office to protest against the regular physical harassment and casteist abuses.
Meanwhile, the Congress party accused the CPI-M of misusing power to send the Dalit women to jail on false charges.
"This is the biggest joke, such a thing never happened... and that too, two hapless young women beating up CPI-M men at their office. These are absolutely ridiculous and baseless allegations," the Congress party's Kerala unit president V.M. Sudheeran said while addressing a party function in Thiruvananthapuram.