The controversial police officer and hero of many youngsters in Kerala, Yatheesh Chandra, has been dropped from Sabarimala duty.
In his address to the media before being relieved of Sabarimala duties by the government, Yatheesh Chandra said: “Nilakkal will be peaceful forever.” This young officer had a herculean task keeping miscreants away from Sabarimala. His tough stand irrespective of the position of the visitor did spark to tiffs at times.
He turned into a hero when he fearlessly dealt with Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan. When the Minister wanted Yatheesh Chandra to let his vehicles all the way to Pamba, the cool officer replied that he could lift the ban if the Minister took responsibility.
He had earned the name as an impartial officer. He had lathicharged LDF agitators in Kochi sometime ago, leaving many CPM leaders in hospital.
Veteran VS Achuthanandan and Pinarayi Vijayan had criticised Yatheesh, though BJP backed him.. But in Sabarimala, Yatheesh maintained law and order with a strong hand. His tit-for-tat with BJP leaders became viral on social media. Leaving Sabarimala, he has left the impression that a strong police officer can do a lot.