Special Correspondent

Over `bid' to assault Junior Health Inspector

  • KMCSU members boycott work, stage dharna
  • Return to work after assurance from the Mayor

    Thiruvananthapuram: Employees of the City Corporation owing allegiance to the Kerala Municipal and Corporation Staff Union (KMCSU) on Friday boycotted work till noon and staged a dharna in front of the corporation headquarters at Palayam to register protest over the `attempted assault' on a Junior Health Inspector by a ward councillor of the ruling front on Wednesday.

    The incident was the fallout of an altercation between the official, Dileep, and Mudavanmugal councillor and Works standing committee chairman Rajasekharan Nair over the delay in removing garbage from a collection point in the ward.

    According to the KMCSU, Mr. Nair tried to assault the official in the office of the Tirumala Health Inspector, ignoring his explanation that the garbage truck was held up for a few hours in the neighbouring Poojappura ward. The councillor, however, maintained that he had only confronted the official on the delay in removing the garbage.

    The LDF union took up the issue and submitted a complaint to the Mayor and the Corporation Secretary. Union leaders, including general secretary K. Jayadevan, State secretary V.R. Vijayakumar and unit secretary Raveendran, addressed the dharna.

    Protest demonstrations were organised at the zonal offices also.

    Talks held

    Later in the day, Mayor C. Jayan Babu and Deputy Mayor V. Jayaprakash held discussions with the union representatives and senior councillors in a bid to defuse the situation.

    Union leaders said they had received an assurance from the Mayor that the incident would not be repeated. They said the union had decided to withdraw the complaint against the councillor. They added that the corporation had also conceded a request to transfer the official to the headquarters office.

    The employees returned to work by noon after the union leaders informed them about the amicable settlement.