Pics: Kerala CM discharged from hospital, says 'no' to more security

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who was kept under observation in hospital for injuries sustained during stone pelting by suspected LDF workers in Kannur, was on Tuesday discharged.

Emerging from the Medical College Hospital, Chandy thanked workers of the Congress and its UDF allies across the state for conducting their protests over the incident in a peaceful manner.

"First of all, let me thank the UDF workers for conducting the protests over the incident in a peaceful manner. Violence has no role in a democracy where every one has the right to protest peacefully," he told reporters.

A high-level police officials meeting had in principle agreed to increase the security of Chandy. They had proposed using a bullet proof car besides giving him Z category security.

"As of now, I am uncomfortable with the security that's in place for me now and hence I am not interested in increasing my security cover. I prefer to be with the people and my security will be taken care by my people," Chandy told reporters soon after he was discharged from the Medical College hospital here Tuesday morning.

Chandy sustained injuries on his forehead during the stone pelting, when his convoy came under attack at Kannur by suspected CPI-M activists.

He was also hit on the chest by a stone causing inflammation in the area.

Chandy sustained injuries on his forehead during the stone pelting.

Doctors said the condition of Chandy was stable but he needed to rest for two days at home.

Police in Kannur booked 17 CPI(M) activists yesterday and charged them with attempt to murder.

Also, cases have been registered against several LDF functionaries and workers including two CPI(M) MLAs from Kannur district.

The CPI(M) leaders, however, maintain that the party had nothing to do with the incident as physically targeting Chief Minister was not part of its ongoing campaign demanding his resignation over the solar panel scam.

"Everyone knows what happened at Kannur and they (CPI-M) have been targeting me for some time...

"When I started towards the venue on Sunday, I called up a senior police official and he told me the CPI-M activists have blocked all the three gates to the venue. I specifically told them at no cost should there be any action and he agreed...," said Chandy.

He added, "They (CPI-M) were keen to see that some action takes place, similar to what happened at Kuthuparambu (where in 1994, police opened fire to protect a Kerala minister that left five youth activists of the CPI-M dead)."

"If at all there is any lapse, I take the responsibility and there is no wrong on the part of the Kerala police...," said Chandy.

Chandy clutched the hands of his five-year old grandson and walked to his waiting car that drove off to his official home. He has been advised a few days rest, but he said he will chair the weekly cabinet meeting Wednesday.

On reaching home, he was greeted by a few of his fellow cabinet ministers and his relatives.

Chandy has been mobbed by people wherever he goes and this is seen when he holds his weekly 'durbar' at his ancestral home in Puthupally in Kottayam district where he has been winning elections since 1970.

In Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who was kept under observation in hospital for injuries sustained during stone pelting by suspected LDF workers in Kannur, was on Tuesday discharged.

In Thiruvananthapuram

Emerging from the Medical College Hospital, Chandy thanked workers of the Congress and its UDF allies across the state for conducting their protests over the incident in a peaceful manner.

In Thiruvananthapuram

On reaching home, he was greeted by a few of his fellow cabinet ministers and his relatives.

 

 

In Thiruvananthapuram

Doctors said the condition of Chandy was stable but he needed to rest for two days at home.

 

 

In Thiruvananthapuram

Chandy clutched the hands of his five-year old grandson and walked to his waiting car that drove off to his official home.

 

 

OneIndia News

(With agency inputs)

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