Four members of the youth wing of BJP, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) were arrested in Kerala for attempting to ram their vehicle into the minister’s car KT Jaleel at Paripally in Kollam southern district of Kerala on Sunday evening.
The four members of BJYM that were accused in this case have been identified as Abhijit, Vipin Raj, Praveen and Vaishnav. Pallipuram police came into action just after the incident and arrested the Yuva morcha worker from Ellipuram in Kalluvathukal after the incident.
The minister’s driver reportedly avoided the collision by applying brakes at the right time.
The four accused have been booked under Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 145 (joining or continuing in unlawful assembly), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code, read with Section 3(1) of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act (mischief causing damage to public property).
The police investigation has intensified as they suspect more accused in this case.
Protestors all over Kerala have been demanding the resignation of K T Jaleel from the position of Minister for higher education, after enforcement directorate, questioned him in connection with a consignment of copies of the holy Koran brought from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Minister was also questioned by the election department (ED) for purported violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) as it was alleged that he accepted the consignments through diplomatic channels violating FCRA norms. The ED recorded his statement on Sunday. The alleged FCRA violation was exposed when the minister’s name was connected with Swapna Suresh (accused in the gold smuggling case in Kerala)
Protests were staged in several places including Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Idukki etc despite heavy rainfalls, demanding Jaleel’s resignation by the Congress and BJP party protesters. Protests in Thiruvananthapuram become violent and police had to resort methods of water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd.