Manu Manoj, who has been accused of sexually assaulting the Dalit girl, was a DYFI member and did not hold any party positions.
A 24-year-old accused DYFI worker, identified as Manu Manoj, was an auto driver. Officials of the DYFI in the Idukki district confirmed that he was not a local leader nor held any positions. He just had membership in DYFI, the youth wing of the CPM, and was ousted as soon as the case surfaced.
The girl's family had filed a complaint with the police on Oct. 29, 2020, alleging that Manoj had sexually assaulted the girl after falsely promising to be in a relationship with her. Police said the accused had absconded after the incident but was arrested on Oct 31, 2020.
Since the accused was a CPM youth wing member and did not hold any party positions, the claim cannot be termed as true.