A magistrate court in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday set no future participation in the ongoing general strike against the contributory pension scheme as one of the provisos for granting bail to five State government employees who were arrested on the charge of preventing some of their colleagues from entering their respective offices.
Prominent among those granted bail by Judicial First Class Magistrate-III, C. Ramachandran, was Vijayan Nair, district treasurer of the Non-Gazetted Officers Union (NGO Union). The Museum police had arrested him from in front of the public office here on the charge of attempting to molest and illegally detain a woman employee when she reported for work in the morning. The police faced stiff resistance from agitating staff to arrest Vijayan Nair. They charged him with unlawful assembly, obstructing free movement of citizens, preventing a government servant from discharging his or her duty, illegally detaining a government servant and outraging the modesty of a woman.
The court also ordered the agitators not to restrain other employees who report for work, to desist from destroying public property and not to be part of any unlawful assemblies.