The police have recommended to the Kannur District Executive Magistrate that Farzeen Majeed be banned for one year under the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act (KAAPA), usually invoked against hardened criminals.
After protesting against Vijayan on an Indigo flight from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram on June 13, Majeed and another Youth Congress leader were arrested and charged with attempted murder. They secured bail from the Kerala High Court in this case.
Later, after the Chief Minister faced new allegations related to the gold smuggling scandal, State Youth Congress Deputy Chairman and former MP KS Sabarinadhan was arrested for conspiracy on the basis of a WhatsApp message regarding the protest against Vijayan.
Reacting to the police recommendation, Congress lawmaker and opposition leader VD Satheesan said, “Vijayan should bear in mind that this is not Russia under Stalin. Of the 19 cases against the leader of the Youth Congress, 12 are related to the holding of demonstrations violating the Covid-19 protocol. Why is the government reluctant to invoke KAAPA against IFC Secretary General of State Prime Minister Arsho, who is facing 40 criminal cases, including those related to attempted murder and contempt of court? modesty of women? Why is the government not ready to arrest the goons who roam freely in Kerala?’
The decision to invoke KAAPA on a Youth Congress protester came weeks after police arrested opposition political activists across the state ahead of Vijayan’s public functions. The police custody and preventive arrests were intended to thwart slogans and black flag demonstrations against the head of the CPM. An opposition lawmaker then called Vijayan a “state of emergency in motion”.