K Surendran: A new saffron star rises in Kerala’s political horizon

When Kerala BJP general secretary K Surendran emerged from Thiruvananthapuram Central Jail after 21 days of incarceration and torture by policemen loyal to the ruling CPI(M), for thousands of BJP workers, it was an ecstatic moment. The crowd roared in excitement. In the political horizon of Kerala, a new mass leader was born.

Surendran was taken into custody by the Kerala Police at Nilakkal, the base camp of the Sabarimala pilgrim centre and subsequently arrested on the charges of obstructing the police in the duty. The crime he committed was to go for the Sabarimala pilgrimage.

The CPI(M)-led government in Kerala saw this as a chance to stifle the career of a rising BJP leader in the state. He has been the staunchest critics of the CPM and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

It was on February 12, 2016, the notorious Kannur district committee secretary of the CPI(M) P Jayarajan, surrendered before the magistrate after the CBI chargesheeted him for conspiring the murder of the RSS leader Kathirur Manoj. From the day of the surrender, P Jayarajan took shelter in various hospitals during his one-month judicial custody citing cardiac ailments.

He was booked by the CBI for conspiracy under Section 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and made him, the 25th accused in the murder of Manoj. The CBI claimed, Jayarajan was the brain behind the killing.

After getting bail from the court the CPI(M) and its Kannur lobby were conspiring to nail any of the BJP state leaders in false cases. The Sabarimala became a perfect pretext for them as they were able to grill the most firebrand political leader in Kerala K Surendran. They charged him with 120B, and other criminal cases regarding the violence took place in Chithira festival at Sabarimala on 6th of November. He went to the shrine to perform an offering which included a Day’s puja.

The police reopened all the cases registered against him and issued the warrant in each of them, thus getting bail will be impossible. The police made him travel from south to north of Kerala twice to produce him in respective courts. They denied him medical care, and proper rest, and even tried to keep him away from the family. They didn’t allow him to talk to the media and Surendran had to write a note and give it to one of his party colleagues to issue to the press. Some suspect the party wants to annihilate him in jail.

 

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