A day after former diplomat T P Sreenivasan was manhandled by SFI activists, the prime accused, who allegedly slapped him, was arrested here Saturday. City Police commissioner S Sparjan Kumar said the prime accused, SFI leader J S Sarath, who was absconding after the incident, was arrested from a tea shop on Saturday evening.
He has been arrested under various charges including IPC sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty) and 341 (wrongfully restraining any person), he said.
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Police also initiated disciplinary action against five policemen, who were on duty at the venue of the Global Education Meet at Kovalam, where the incident occurred. The “erring” policemen would be sent for intensive refresher training as part of the departmental action.
“Two sub-inspectors and three constables will be sent for intensive refresher training at Kerala Police Academy in Thrissur. An oral inquiry has also been ordered,” a top police official said.
The policemen allegedly remained mute spectators while Sreenivasan, who is also vice-chairman and executive head of Kerala State Higher Education Council, was attacked by SFI activists, who were protesting against “commercialisation of higher education”.
Meanwhile, the SFI removed Sarath as vice-president of its Thiruvananthapuram district committee. CPM veteran V S Achuthanandan has demanded action against the SFI activists.