PM faced terror threat during Kerala visit: State DGP

PM Modi's life was under threat during his Kochi visit DGP

Kochi: The police assault against people at Puthuvypeen is all set to snowball into another controversy with DGP T.P. Senkumar saying that there was an extremist threat to the PM Narendra Modi during his visit to Kochi for the inauguration of Kochi Metro.

"There was a big threat perception here on the day of the prime minister's visit (on Saturday)".

The DGP said there was a terror module in Kochi during the PM's visit. "We can not disclose much of its details", Senkumar told reporters in New Delhi.

Defending police action against Puthuvype protesters, Senkumar said that police were only doing their duty.

The DGP was justifying the police action against people who were agitating against an International Olympic Committee plant near Kochi, who took out a protest march to the premises of the high court three days before the PM's visit.

Kerala police chief has come to the rescue of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Yatish Chandra after CPI lashed out at him stating that the officer unleashed the attack on protestors at Puthuvype.

Yatish Chandra drew flak for the police brutality on a bunch of local people protesting the setting up of an LNG terminal at Puthuvype.

"Can you show me the visuals of his action", he asked reporters. Ernakulam rural Superintendent of Police A.V.George on Tuesday claimed that some extremist elements were behind the protesters.

Senkumar said the officer had to rush to the trouble spot and use force to disperse the mob, an act which he termed was totally justifiable.

His statement comes amid demand from the opposition parties and protesters for stringent action against the police for the lathicharge. Bengaluru: AIADMK (Amma) s stand on backing NDAs presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind will be decided by General Secretary V K Sasikala Natarajan, party leader T T V Dhinakaran says after meeting her in jail here.

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