Refusing to let the vexed Sabarimala issue, which saw a large section of people express their opposition during the recent elections, die down, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan came down heavily on the police for lapses during the pilgrimage season.
He pulled up the force for failing to take proper steps in advance to help the Tamil Nadu-based Manithi Sangham women reach the shrine and offer worship. This, he said, resulted in the situation going out of control and creating law and order problems.
He made these comments during a high-level meeting convened on Tuesday after allegations have cropped up against the police force, including the latest custody death at Peerumedu, and damaged its reputation,
He was highly critical of the force for faiing to maintain law and order, especially during the pilgrimage season. Pinarayi also accused many officers of taking leave to skip Sabarimala duty.
On the custodial death issue and torture in jail, Pinarayi directed police to maintain composure and keep away from torture of those in custody.
He also felt that has the behavior of police and their interactions with the people had to undergo a change and become friendlier.