After 782 Days, Sreejith Ends Protest Demanding Justice For His Brother Who Allegedly Died In Police Custody
February 1st, 2018
After 782 days of protest, Sreejith Parassala, the Kerala man who was protesting in front of the state secretariat, demanding justice for his brother who died while in police custody, called off his protest. Sreejith gave an outline of the whole incident to the CBI and the decision to end the protest was made after the CBI recorded his statement. Sreejith told the media that he was satisfied with CBI’s approach. He added that CBI had promised to book the culprits.
“I am relieved now. I have complete trust in the CBI. So it is time to end the protest although it is a temporary withdrawal. Though I have ended the protest here, my protest will continue till my brother gets justice. Moreover, my health doesn’t permit me to continue the agitation here,” Sreejith told The New Indian Express.
Support for Sreejith
When the campaign for Sreejith and the #JusticeForSreejith became viral on social media, people from various walks of Kerala expressed solidarity with him. Thousands of people had thronged to the state capital, and the lonely battle became a mass protest. The authorities and the government have finally opened their eyes and CBI has promised to take over the investigation.
It was in 2014 that Parassala police had taken Sreejeev, Sreejith’s brother into custody for mobile phone theft. He died two days later at the medical college hospital. The State Police Complaints Authority held a preliminary probe and found Parassala circle inspector Gopakumar and additional sub-inspector Philipose guilty. But the detailed police investigation could not find any shred of evidence of custodial torture. His family (mother, sister and a younger brother Sreeju, who met with an accident and suffering from physical disabilities) got Rs 10 lakh form the government. Sreejith took a stand not to end the protest until CBI investigation begins.