BJP in trap  over Ayyappa devotee’s death after son’s testimony, autopsy report

BJP in trap over Ayyappa devotee’s death after son’s testimony, autopsy report

All eyes now are on what action the State Government will take in the wake of the hartal observed in Pathanamthitta on Friday on the call by BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai over the death of an Ayyappa devotee Sivadasan.

While Pillai's claim that Sivadasan went missing since October 17, following police action at Nilackal against those led by the BJP protesting against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women all age groups, fell flat after the son of deceased claimed that his father went to Sabarimala on October 18 and called after praying at the temple the next day.

The release of the post mortem report by Kottayam Medical College Hospital said Sivadasan's death due to the bleeding from the broken bone between the knee and hip. It shows the death happened after serious leg injury. Also there were no internal injuries.

His body was found in a gorge in the forest area at Kambakathumvalavu in Laha. His two-wheeler was found in the vicinity. Police suspect it to be an accident case.

According to sources, there was demand for a case against Pillai as his harthal call was 'based on false and fictitious grounds.

Claiming police action led to the death, BJP said the 60-year-old Sivadasan was killed in the police action during the Sabarimala agitation. The hartal in Pathanamthitta district on Friday was total.

Sources in CPM said a case had to be charged against for “holding the people of Pathanamthitta to ransom” and “creating communal divide”.Pathanamthitta Superintendent of Police T Narayanan said Sivadasan went to the temple to offer prayers only on October 18. Police action at Nilackal happened on October 16 and 17, ruling out the claim that he was injured in the police lathicharge.

He referred to the statement of Sivadasan’s son that his father had spoken to the family on October 19 from the Sannidhanam after worship. Sivadasan's family has demanded a probe into the death.