A youth facing a UAPA case for his alleged links with Maoists movement was hospitalised Wednesday after he allegedly tried to commit suicide. Allan Shuaib, 23, was found in a critical condition at his Kochi apartment after allegedly consuming sleeping pills. Police said they have found a suicide note, purportedly written by Allan, a law student, where he has said that the “government system tried to make him a terrorist”, which made him take the extreme step.
Police are yet to record Allan’s statement, who is under intensive care at a hospital.
Allan is one of the accused in a Maoist case, known as Pantheerankavu case of 2019. NIA had named him in its chargesheet and the trial began in a special court on November 1. His father Shuaib said he was under severe mental stress during these days.
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“The trial began when he was in the final year of his LLB exam. Since then, he was camping in Kochi. Apart from that, he has health issues. I think he might have thought about the extreme step due to the mental stress due to these factors,’’ said Shuaib.
Allan was arrested along with his friend Thawha Fazil, a journalism student, from Kozhikode city police limits on November 1, 2019 for allegedly distributing pamphlets which criticised the killing of four suspected Maoists in Palakkad that year.
They are currently out on bail. Both of them are CPI(M) workers. When protests erupted in CPI(M) circles after they were arrested and booked under UAPA, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had justified the police action and slapping of UAPA cases. NIA took over the probe from Kerala police and submitted a chargesheet against them in April 2020.
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