Case filed against Congress Ernakulam district president for threatening police officer; Shiyas hits back

The Kerala police have registered a case against Shiyas over his Facebook post threatening a police officer.

BySouth First Desk

Published Feb 14, 2023 | 3:02 PM Updated Feb 14, 2023 | 3:02 PM

Ernakulam DCC president case

The Congress party’s Ernakulam district president, Mohammed Shiyas, is having a running battle with the Kerala police — and the matter seems set to escalate.

The Kerala police have registered a case against Shiyas, over a Facebook post “threatening” a police officer.

Shiyas had, on 11 February, put up the offending post with a picture in which a police officer was seen dragging a woman Congress activist — with a threatening caption.

Police registered a case on 12 February, under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Kerala Police Act. “The case has been registered for threatening ASI Sreeprakash who was engaged in discharging his official duty,” police said.

However, on Tuesday, 14 February, Shiyas hit back with another Facebook post claiming that the police would not be able to threaten him with the case and that protests against the officer would continue.

He also shared a copy of the FIR registered against him on Facebook.

 

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Protests turned violent

For the past few days, Youth Congress activists have been protesting against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the budget decision to impose a cess on fuel and liquor prices.

On 11 February, a group of activists attempted to jump in front of the chief minister’s convoy and wave black flags at him.

Since there were no women officers present, the male officer dragged the woman activist away from the speeding convoy and the image went viral following which Shiyas approached the state police chief seeking action against the officer.

On the same day, he posted a picture of the officer dragging the activist and threatening him.

Police have registered a case under IPC 506 (Criminal intimidation), Kerala Police Act Section 117 (e) (obstructing a police officer from discharging his duties) among other provisions.

(With inputs from PTI)