Protest across Kerala over raids on Asianet

Kerala’s Leader of Opposition V.D. Satheeshan on Sunday termed the police raids at the Asianet studio in Kochi a clear example of “intolerance” as political leaders, social activists, and media organisations condemned the government’s action. The Congress leader claimed that while the state government was campaigning against drugs on one hand, on the other, CPI-M leaders were involved in drug business and when reports are given against this, the government and CPI-M are feeling the heat. Accusing the Left government of trying to intimidate every one, he noted that the Kerala Police, which has not shown such keenness in conducting raids in murder cases, is conducting a raid at a news channel office and studio. A police team has conducted a raid at the kochi regional office of the leading Kerala channel, allegedly without even a search warrant. After the raids, ASP Surendran told media persons that no documents or records were seized from the channel office. Senior Congress leader and former Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala also condemned the raid at Asianet office and termed it “state terror”, but added that the government cannot silence the media by intimidation.