ACP says police have collected names and will conduct identification parade soon
Residents of Kuthethur are sore over the delay on the part of the police in acting against Central Industrial Security Force personnel involved in beating people and damaging vehicles on August 11.
As many as six persons were injured and five vehicles were damaged when CISF personnel went berserk on innocent people moving on the public road. The security men were angry over stones being thrown at their quarters.
Some of the people and vehicles that bore the brunt of CISF men’s fury were those on their way to a funeral in Kuthethur. Three persons were admitted to the hospital and they filed separate complaints against the CISF personnel. The police have also registered a complaint filed by a CISF inspector.
“We are being asked to compromise and withdraw case against the CISF personnel,” said Alwyn D’Souza, who was among the three who was admitted in the hospital.
Mr. D’Souza said feelers were being sent by the police that the case against the CISF personnel was not strong and nothing can be done against those involved in the attack.
“Regardless of the nature of the case, we want action against the personnel involved,” said Pravin Fernandes, a resident of Kuthethur. Mr. Fernandes said the police were “going slow” on their complaints.
Letters to CM
Residents are demanding compensation for the attack. Kuthethur residents have written letters to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Union Ministers Veerappa Moily and Oscar Fernandes seeking justice.
Villagers, who have given their land for Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited, are worried over the unprovoked attack on them, they said. A group of villagers recently met District In-charge Minister B. Ramanath Rai.
Dismissing the allegations of the police suggesting compromise, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ravi Kumar said the department was acting as per law and looking for the CISF personnel involved in the attack. Mr. Kumar said they received a list of CISF personnel staying in the quarters in Kuthethur.
They would be called for identification by victims, which would be done before a Tahsildar. “Further action will be taken after completion of identification process,” Mr. Kumar said.
On its part, the CISF Senior Commandant Anil Bali is conducting a preliminary inquiry into the attack. “I am still awaiting statements of a few CISF personnel. I am yet to conclude the inquiry,” Mr. Bali said.
CISF Deputy Inspector General (South) N. Venugopal said a proper inquiry would be conducted after the preliminary inquiry. “We are looking at the aberrations (in the conduct of CISF) and will take action,” Mr. Venugopal said.
We are being asked to compromise and withdraw case against the CISF personnel
Regardless of the nature of the case, we want action against the personnel
I’m awaiting statements of a few personnel. I'm yet to conclude the inquiry
CISF Senior Commandant