After the incident, the couple were taken into custody by the police and fined Rs 200.
Two women police personnel threatened Vishnu and Athira who were sitting in the Kanakakkunnu palace compound. The DGP has asked IG Manoj Abraham to probe the incident and take action against officials if found guilty. "Nobody has been given the right to manhandle and assault the public in any circumstance", the chief minister had written in a Facebook post. The couple were later taken to a police station and fined.
The Facebook live video shows the police personnel saying that the couple were sitting in a vulgar way and they had kissed each other.
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Irked by the questioning, the two live streamed the incident on Facebook.
"The police can not ignore such calls, therefore they reach the place and after reaching the place they must act according to law with all politeness". On Facebook, Behara said there was no ban on public display of affection and that no one had the "right to harass couples". When the issue came in the limelight the police came out with an explanation saying that they intervened when locals complained that they were indulging in indecent behaviour. We took them to the police station to take their names. In the FB video, Vishnu is then seen demanding to know what law he broke by sitting with his arm around the shoulders of a woman. But what wrong did we do? He even called Vishnu 'bloody rascal, ' say reports. "Once at the station, they summoned our parents, who said that they do not want to interfere in the matter", Vishnu had told The News Minute soon after the incident. The police can not ignore such calls, therefore they reach the place and after reaching the place they must act according to law with all politeness.
They were charged under IPC Section 290 (creating public nuisance) and set free on station bail after furnishing relevant documents.