Kerala top cop transferred hours after she conducted raids at CPIM office

DCP Law and order, Chaitra Teresa John was transferred to Women’s cell allegedly by the Kerala Chief Minister’s office, hours after she conducted raids at Thiruvananthapuram CPIM office on 25th January. She decided to launch the raids, after receiving tip-off about some DYFI workers charged for serious crimes, hiding in the office.

According to the reports, on Wednesday, a mob of DYFI supporters pelted stones at the Medical College police station in Thiruvananthapuram, after two of their fellow activists were arrested and booked under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act. Police registered cases against 50 DYFI activists after the stone pelting incident.

Meanwhile, police received a tip-off that the accused were hiding in the CPIM office. Some low-ranking officers also suggested Chaitra to change her decision of raiding the offices, but she remained adament.

After the raids, district CPIM leadership reportedly complained to their higher-ups. Chaitra, who was holding additional charge of DCP since R Adithya was on Sabarimala duty followed by a four-day leave, was removed from the charge and sent back to Women’s Cell. As per reports, Kerala Police Chief has also sought an explanation from Chaithra for the raids conducted.