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Dalit women complain of harassment by CPI(M) workers were arrested

On Friday, Thalaserry Police arrested Akhila and Anjana and presented them before a court that sent the two siblings and Akhila’s 18-month-old baby to jail.

The siblings, who belong to the Scheduled Caste community, have filed a police complaint against Shijin and other CPI(M) workers for allegedly insulting them by referring to their caste. The Thalassery police registered two cases in connection with the incident.

Both are daughters of Congress leader N. Rajan and his 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 CPI-M leader at Thalaserry.

“They went to the CPI-M office to plead with those present there to leave them alone and not make them a subject of ridicule as they have been mentally harassed for long,” said Kannur district Congress president K. Surendran.

This case has by now drawn national attention with the media taking it up in a big way and the National Commission for Scheduled Caste looking into it as well.

The furore over their arrest gathered steam through social media, and following the intervention of the scheduled tribes department, the sisters were granted bail by the Thalassery principal sessions court on Saturday.

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