Pinarayi was arrested under MISA during the Emergency and was subjected to brutal torture in jail.

Grant me parole as my mother is unwell Pinarayis letter during Emergency
news News Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 18:31

As the Left Democratic Front government completes two years in office on May 25, a parole request by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during the time of Emergency is going viral in the state. 

On November 9, 1976, Pinarayi sought for parole and wrote that 'his presence was needed for his mother's treatment’. He was the MLA representing Kuthuparamba constituency in Kannur at that time.

The handwritten letter from Pinarayi Vijayan MLA, detainee No: 255, has been exhibited at a festival called 'Ponkathir' at the pavilion of the Prisons Department in Kannur Police Grounds as part of the second anniversary celebration of the LDF government.

The parole request was addressed to Special Secretary of the Home Department. During the time of Emergency the present Chief Minister was housed at Central Prison in Kannur. 

Pinarayi along with ten other opposition MLAs in the state had been arrested under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA).

The controversial law, passed by the Parliament in 1971, provided the Prime Minister and Law Enforcement Agencies draconian powers.

A big contingent of police personnel had taken Pinarayi into custody from his home on September 28 during the night.

The police treated Pinarayi like a hard core criminal in jail. He was stripped and subjected to brutal torture which had sparked off a controversy at that time.

It had also lead to heated verbal debates in the Assembly between the then Home Minister K  Karunakaran, a Congress stalwart, and Left MLAs in the opposition.

At a later occasion, Pinarayi had made an emotional note on the floor of the Assembly about the entire episode.

The pavilion at the Prison Grounds has been set up as a model of the Kannur Central Prison. Jail records of several other prominent figures in the state like former Chief Minister C Achutha Menon and writer SK Pottekatt have also been kept at display. 

Pinarayi assumed office as Chief Minister on May 25, 2016. He is the longest serving Secretary of the CPI (M) Kerala unit. He served as the Secretary from 1998 to 2015.

 

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