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BJP seeks action against Kerala Police officials having links with antique dealer

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Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 29: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday demanded that a case be registered against all the high ranking police officials, who have had links with the now arrested fake antique dealer Monson Mavunkal.

BJP General Secretary B. Gopalakrishnan told the media in Trissur that by now visuals of former State Police chief Loknath Behra and Additional Director General of Police Manoj Abraham visiting the antique dealer at his Kochi ‘museum’ have come out.

“According to the rules, any antique dealer has to have a license and it is strange that these high-ranking police officials, who know what the rules are did nothing, instead they appeared to give full support to Mavunkal. Hence, a case should be registered against all those police officials who were giving all the support to Mavunkal, who used this as a license to cheat others,” said Gopalakrishnan.

“The Home department appears to have turned into an antique department as complaints against this antique dealer have been lying with the police since 2018 and in this even the office of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is also under a cloud,” added Gopalakrishnan.

Mavunkal, 54, who claimed to have “some of the original 30 pieces of silver”, was arrested from his home at Chertalai in Alappuzha district on Saturday, even as his daughter’s marriage was being fixed.

On Tuesday, a court in Ernakulam gave two more days’ custody of Mavunkal to the Crime Branch police.

Since his arrest, everyday new stories of how Mavunkal had been taking people for a ride are emanating and the image of the Kerala Police appears to have gone for a toss.

It all surfaced after the victims approached Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with their complaint of being swindled of Rs 10 crore by Mavunkal. The CM had directed for a Crime Branch probe into the complaints.

Mavunkal took all his high profile guests into his fold by showcasing antiques in his collection which he claimed included the “staff of Moses” and “two of the 30 silver coins that were taken by Judas to cheat Jesus Christ”.

Police said he had showcased these “rare” items — a throne said to be used by Tipu Sultan as well as a huge collection of old Qurans, Bibles (Old Testament and New Testament), and old handwritten copies of Bhagavad Gita.

Mavunkal used to bring several VIPs to his palatial residence, a part of which was converted into a museum to house his ‘precious’ antiques.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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