Special Correspondent

Police action in Kinaloor

Kochi: A formal complaint seeking an inquiry into the police action in Kinaloor has been lodged with the State Women's Commission.

In his complaint addressed to D. Sreedevi, chairperson of the Commission, Basil Attipetty, a lawyer based in Kochi, informed her that newspapers had carried reports on the police lathicharge against women and children on May 6 at Kinaloor in Kozhikode. He said that the newspaper reports and photos were clear evidence that there was violation of human rights and that the police action “amounted to atrocities against women and children.”

Protection sought

The complaint said they were subject to “brutal inhuman behaviour” as well. He felt that the chairperson should not tolerate such violence against women and children. She could not remain silent on “negation of rule of law.”

He pointed out that the Commission had been constituted to provide special protection to women and children.

Mr. Basil requested the commission that needful action be taken in accordance with the law on the basis of his complaint

May 6 violence

[About 100 people including policemen were injured in a pitched battle between the police and local people at Kinaloor, 24 km from here, on May 6 after several hundred protestors prevented a team of revenue officials from conducting a feasibility survey for a proposed four-lane road to the KSIDC industrial park located on the Kinaloor industrial park.]