Diplomat attack: Action against cops, hunt on to nab accused

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Amidst widespread protest over the manhandling of former diplomat T P Sreenivasan by SFI activists, disciplinary action has been initiated against five policemen who were on duty at the venue of Global Education Meet and a manhunt has been launched to trace the accused.


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 enquiry has also been ordered into the incident,” a top police official told PTI.

There were allegations that police had remained a mute spectator while Sreenivasan, who is also the Vice Chairman and Executive Head of Kerala State Higher Education Council, was attacked by the agitators in Kovalam yesterday.

Police sources said a massive manhunt has been launched to trace the key accused who slapped the diplomat. Meanwhile, CPI(M) veteran and opposition leader V S Achuthanandan today demanded strict action against the SFI activists who attacked the former diplomat.

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Pinarayi Vijayan also said that the agitators had crossed the limit and the party cannot approve these kind of personal attacks. The party’s district secretary Kadakampally Surendran had apologised yesterday itself for the misbehaviour of agitators belonging to SFI, the student wing of CPI(M).

SFI activists had attacked Sreenivasan during their protest against the “commercialisation of higher education” near the venue of Global Education meet at Leela Convention Centre in Kovalam.

Sreenivasan was the former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Vienna, and Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia.


  1. Sri. T. P. Sreenivsan is a well known Indian diplomat: a very solid secular-minded person. When the united front administration of India earlier under Mr. Vajpayee was formed, the spirit of anti-Christian virus began to get active; thus the motto called “forced conversion” began to fly around the nation. Then, being a diplomat, he was not afraid of telling that he went to the Christian schools for education, and nobody forced him to be converted.

    Two of the States in India lost a lot of opportunity in prosperity due to the massive infection of the communism virus, they are West Bengal and Kerala. The State of Kerala due to her high literacy status, the residents went abroad and began to send money, thus 40% of the foreign money remittance to India was from the people of Kerala origin.

    This is too terrible to watch, how a well known person of Indian origin was mishandled like a street dog by a bunch of young street hooligans? The surprising thing is to watch the totally irresponsible action of the police; instead of covering around him, the …….police was watching a beating show; what a terrible tragedy is that? How, we can be safe in such a country? The tourists will be spreading the news around the world, the shameful street dog march in the so called
    “God’s country”. Better change the name “devil’s country”.

    The police and the SFI hooligans must be strictly punished in this case, now excuse for that.

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