A Dubai-based NRI from Kerala was fired from his job after a video of him threatening to kill Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan went viral. In a video posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Krishna Kumaran Nair is heard badmouthing the senior leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and making casteist remarks against the CM.
Though Nair removed the video on Wednesday, it had already gone viral and attracted severe criticism from the Malayali community in Dubai and people in Kerala.
Nair, 56, was removed from his position of senior supervisor at Abu Dhabi-based Target Engineering Construction company on Wednesday morning.
In the four minute video, Nair claimed that he is a former member of the RSS and was planning to return to Kerala to kill the CM.
“I am a former RSS worker. I am going to be active again. I am resigning my job here and returning to Kerala. I am staying in Dubai. I will be in Kerala for 2-3 days with an aim to kill,” Nair said, according to PTI.
“It is time to sharpen old knives. I am least bothered how my life is going to end. If we decide to kill a person then we need to finish the job,” the Khaleej Times reported.
Nair said the reason behind his decision to kill the Chief Minister was the apathy shown by the Kerala police towards a Kerala television artiste who had recently made derogatory remarks against a state BJP woman leader.
Besides Vijayan, Nair had also made objectionable comments against state power minister MM Mani and the families of the leaders.
As the video went viral, Nair was approached by two other NRIs before whom he apologised for issuing threats to the Kerala CM.
In a video posted on Wednesday, Nair is seen emotionally appealing Vijayan to forgive him given his age but reiterates that he remains an RSS supporter.
“I have lost my job. I am ready to face any action. I remain an RSS supporter. I seek forgiveness from Pinarayi Vijayan and all politicians,” Nair later apologised, adding that he was in an inebriated state when he made those threatening remarks.
“I am sorry and seek forgiveness from honourable Kerala chief minister and his family. All Keralites please forgive me,” he said in another video.
According to The Week, Nair said that though he tried to reach out to BJP workers none responded.
It is not clear what action the UAE government will take against Nair but the man has been reportedly booked in India.
According to Bangalore Mirror, the Ernakulam central police registered a case against Nair under IPC sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 294 (b) (punishment for obscene acts or words in public and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation).