“Don’t create scene” was the police officer’s shout at the parents of the sick child when they went to the pharmacy to buy medicines for the child. It occurred on February 12, in Mattoor, Kalady, Ernakulam district. When the parents brought their feverish child to a pharmacy to purchase medicine for curing fever, Police Grade SI shouted at the parents to take the car away. The parents argued a lot and tried to explain the situation. They even requested him to feel the temperature of the child. Then again, the police officer shouted at them and asked them to take the car away. Then they left the place and searched for another pharmacy. Since, it was a Sunday, they could not find a functioning pharmacy hence they returned to the pharmacy again. But the same police officer was in the area. He again ‘ordered’ the parents to take the car away. When the pharmacist came to pacify the Police Officer that the child suffered bad ever, he (SI) shouted at him (pharmacist) that his pharmacy would be closed for ever if she talked again. Naturally, pharmacist could not provide the medicine for the feverish child.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s security has been beefed up in the light of the anti-cess hike stir Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), BJP and Yuva Morch have unleashed in the state. Wherever, CM goes, he is facing black flag demonstration throughout the length and breadth of the state. Police allegedly, physically assaulted Miva Jolly, young leader of KSU, students wing of Congress. She alleged that her head was banged and she was verbally abused by male police. Couple of days back, police attacked Yuva Morcha agitations and used water cannon against them in various places.
Since the last few months CM’s convoy consists of more than 25 vehicles. Throughout the route police use excessive force in the name of security. Now, the parents of the feverish child and the pharmacist have complained to CM Pinarayi Vijayan who is also the Home Minister of the state.
Protests are coming up from all Opposition parties against the police excess in Mattoor.