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Pinarayi’s counter to Amit Shah: Who has faced cases of grave crime?

Referring to Shah’s allegation that a witness in the gold smuggling scandal had died under mysterious circumstances, Vijayan said the government is ready to probe into it if details are shared.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvanathapuram |
Updated: March 9, 2021 7:11:09 am
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi VijayanKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (file photo)

A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah threw questions at him, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday made a scathing counterattack, calling Shah the “embodiment of communalism”, who is “ready to do anything to nurture communalism”.

Referring to Shah’s allegation that a witness in the gold smuggling scandal had died under mysterious circumstances, Vijayan, kicking off the election campaigning in his constituency Dharmadam, in Kannur, said the state government is ready to investigate if it gets the details. “But I want to tell you, I was not lodged in jail for abduction. Who has faced (cases under) grave crimes of murder, abduction etc…. You have faced such cases. They were not false cases, as the ones you are trying to (foist on the state) now. Don’t try to create smokescreen about the death of a witness.’’

Recalling the encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, Vijayan said, “Don’t you remember the fake encounter killing? Who was chargedsheeted on charges of conspiracy behind those killings? The person named in the chargesheet was Amit Shah. Don’t you remember…. Such a person has come to Kerala to teach us about the sense of justice.”

Vijayan said mystery still remains over the death of Judge Loya, who was presiding over the CBI court in the Sohrabuddin encounter case. “He died under mysterious circumstances before hearing the case. His family is still waiting for justice. Shah cannot utter a word about it; no BJP leader has spoken about it. If your words do not match your position, we would be forced to say certain things.’’

Vijayan also said, “Don’t you know the person who has created ‘achhe din’ by increasing his wealth 16,000 times over a year? That is not Pinarayi Vijayan. Your culture is different from ours — do not try to measure others with that…’’

Referring to the gold smuggling case, Vijayan alleged that a key conspirator in it was a Sangh Parivar man. It is up to the Customs department to prevent smuggling, he said, and asked how has Thiruvananthapuram airport, which is under the Centre, become a hub of smuggling after the BJP-led government came to power at the Centre. “What happened to the smuggled gold and who bought don’t want to prove it…because the smuggled gold has reached people dear to you,” Vijayan alleged.

He said Shah had tried to silence those who try to speak the truth, but such schemes would not work in Kerala.

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