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Suryanelli: Kerala Assembly adjourned

Posted on Feb 07, 01:59PM | IBNS

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 7 : The Kerala Assembly was adjourned on Thursday as opposition members protested against the state government's handling of demonstrations on the Suryanelli gangrape case on Wednesday.

CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) alleged the police were harsh on the women MLAs and activists who were demonstrating outside the state Assembly on Wednesday.

Demanding action against policemen involved in the incident, the LDF members walked out of the Assembly.

Pertinently, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)'s women wing All-India Democratic Women's Federation took out a march to the Kerala Assembly on Wednesday demanding fresh investigation into the Suryanelli gangrape case.

The police reportedly used force to disperse them.

Opposition members demanded a fresh investigation into the case as the victim stated that Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien had raped her.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy earlier rejected re-investigation into the Suryanelli gangrape case.

He said all allegations levelled against Kurien have been cleared by top courts, including the Supreme Court, of the country.

He called the attacks against Kurien as 'unfortunate'.

Chandy slammed the LDF for criticising Kurien on the matter and said "some are trying to trigger a controversy over a matter' that was raised 17 years ago.

The victim in her letter on Jan 29 said Kurien along with other accused in the case had raped her in Kumily panchayat guest house in Kerala.

The Supreme Court last week set aside order given by the Kerala High Court where it acquitted 35 accused in connection with the case.

The Suryanelli rape case is concerned with a 16-year-old girl who was raped by 42 men for 40 days in 1996 in the state.