Police use water cannons on congressional youth workers demanding CM resign over gold smuggling case

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Kanur: Kerela police on Monday used water cannons to disperse Congress youth workers gathered outside a guesthouse where Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is staying. Congress youth workers staged a march to a guest house in Kannur where the CM is staying and demanded his resignation over the alleged gold smuggling case.

Notably, the Kerela CM arrived in Kannur on Sunday evening and, at the request of the police, stayed in a guest house instead of his own residence.

Congress youth workers arrived at the guesthouse on Monday and staged a protest demanding Pinarayi’s resignation. Protesters tried to break down barricades and police used water cannons to disperse them.

The demonstrators still refused to move and the police had to use force to remove them from the scene.

Resignation requests

Opposition calls demanding the resignation of Pinarayi Vijayan in the gold smuggling case began after the main defendant in the case, Swapna Suresh, made a startling revelation last week alleging Kerela involvement CM in the same case.

MoS MEA and BJP chief V Muraleedharan also demanded the resignation of Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday in view of the gold smuggling allegations against him. V Muraleedharan said “it was the first time in the country that a chief minister had faced such an accusation.”

“For the first time in the history of this country, the CM has been charged with such a serious allegation of (gold) smuggling. So if he (Kerala CM) has any morality left, he should resign and face the investigation,” the BJP leader said.

Individual investigations have been carried out by the NIA, the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) and Customs into a gold smuggling racket after gold worth Rs 15 crore was seized from the diplomatic baggage of the UAE consulate at Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5, 2020.

Several people have been arrested in connection with the case, including Ms Sivasankar, the former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister and Swapna Suresh, a former employee of the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.

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