A departmental investigation was launched against a Kerala police officer who allegedly leaked police data on RSS and BJP leaders to a member of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political arm of the Popular Front of India (PFI).
Last week, Officer PK Anas, attached to the Karimannoor Police Station in Idukki District, was suspended after an investigation into the alleged exchange of details with a local SDPI member who was arrested in connection with an attack on a bus driver.
The leak of police data acquires importance in the context of the growing tensions between Sangh Parivar and SDPI / PFI in Kerala.
“We have suspended him, but no case has been registered against him. We will make the decision to register a case against you based on the findings of the departmental investigation, which has already begun. The investigation will seek to discover the agent’s motive behind the leak of official data, as well as whether he had leaked other confidential information. We are investigating whether he circulated information about leaders of other political parties or religious leaders, ”said Idukki Police Superintendent R Karuppasamy.
The issue came to the fore in connection with a police investigation into an attack on Manu Sudhan, a bus driver for the state transportation corporation. He had reportedly been facing threats from right-wing Muslim groups accusing him of making anti-Islamic comments on social media.
On December 3, Sudhan was allegedly attacked by a group of people while traveling from Mullaringad to Thodupuzha in Idukki. The group allegedly robbed the bus he was traveling in and assaulted him in the presence of his children. Police arrested four members of the SDPI in connection with the attack.
While inspecting the mobile phone of one of the arrested SDPI workers, police discovered that he had files related to the RSS and BJP leaders in Idukki, police sources said, adding that they also discovered that the police officer shared the compromised police data. with the SDPI member. Anas.
“While serving in the intelligence wing of the special branch, Anas had used his official email ID to access the data and illegally transmit the information to the SDPI worker,” police sources said.
The police have taken the matter seriously considering the recent political killings involving Sangh Parivar and SDPI / PFI. Furthermore, Thodupuzha, where the bus driver was assaulted, has become a sensitive community area over the years. In 2010, the right palm of TJ Joseph, a university professor working with Newman College in Thodupuzha at the time, was cut off after he was accused of insulting the Prophet in a questionnaire. People linked to SDPI and PFI had been arrested in connection with the 2010 attack, which was investigated by the NIA.