Kerala’s Youth Congress activist dies after clash with CPI-M

February 22nd, 2009 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 22 (IANS) A Youth Congress activist who was injured in a clash with Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) members Friday died here Sunday, the leader of opposition said.
Trouble erupted when CPI-M members were out on streets near Chavara in Kollam district Friday announcing that state party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan’s march would be held Saturday. Some locals passed some comments about Vijayan’s march.

Angered by this, the CPI-M members clashed with Youth Congress activists, in which four people were injured. Among them, Anup sustained serious injuries and died Sunday.

Addressing reporters at the Medical College hospital here after he paid his last respects to the victim, Leader of Opposition Oommen Chandy said Anup had become the first victim of Lavalin case.

“Anup is the martyr of Lavalin and even after two days the police have not acted and taken any action,” Chandy said.

“The CPI-M is solely responsible for this dastardly act,” Chandy said.

Vijayan, as then state power minister, awarded a contract to the Canadian company SNC Lavalin in 1997 for renovation of three power plants, but the Comptroller and Auditor General said there were irregularities in the contract.

Last month Vijayan was charge sheeted as the ninth accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In the statewide march, the Lavalin issue is being highlighted by the CPI-M as politically motivated by the Congress party.

The Congress party has called for a shut-down Monday in Anup’s hometown Karungapally in Kollam district, some 80 km from here.

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