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Rahul Gandhi’s Waynad rival still in Ajman Central jail
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Rahul Gandhi’s Waynad rival still in Ajman Central jail

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The arrested BDJS leader Thushar Vellapally, who contested against Mr. Rahul Gandhi from  Wayanad for BJP-led front in Kerala in the Lok Sabha election earlier this year, is still lodged in Dubai jail despite attempts by top political leaders to get a release.

Tushar Vellappally was arrested near Dubai on Tuesday, in a case of alleged cheque bounce case cheating. 'He has been trapped,' sources close to him said.

The state Chief Minister, Mr.  Pinarayi Vijayan, has written to the External Affairs  Minister, Mr. S Jaishankar seeking his intervention. 'I express concern about his well-being and health while in custody. All possible help within the limits of law needs to be made available to him,' the Chief Minister wrote.

Tushar Vellapally was running a company in Dubai around 10 years ago, sources said. 'The company went into losses and the sub-contractors had demanded compensation. A cheque given earlier as compensation, amounting to 8 million Dhirams, bounced recently when Thushar Vellapally was in Dubai, leading to his arrest,' the source said. He was arrested in Ajman near Dubai.

Vellapally heads the Kerala unit of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), a party and an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). In his letter, the Chief Minister has referred to Thushar Vellapappy as the vice president of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), an organisation that works with the influential Ezhava community.