A local action committee spearheading the agitation against the implementation of the Gadgil and Kasturirangan panel reports in the Kottiyur village has demanded general amnesty for those involved in what it calls the ‘spontaneous outburst of the people on November 14.’
Committee patron Sunny Joseph, MLA, told a press conference here on Wednesday that the government should take steps to offer a general pardon to the people against whom cases had been registered in connection with the incidents in which seven police vehicles were set ablaze, several other vehicles damaged, police personnel injured, and mediapersons attacked. Describing the events as a ‘people’s tsunami,’ the MLA said whatever happened was an accident. Despite the assurance given in writing by District Collector Rathan Kelkar and District Police Chief Rahul R. Nair to local vicar and committee chairman Fr. Thomas Manakkunnel, the police were registering cases against people, he said. The committee had started the ‘Kottiyur Defence Fund’ to collect donations to offer legal aid, he said.
The Kelakam police had so far registered 12 cases. The police estimated a Rs.2.72-crore loss to public property. As many as 21 people had been arrested. As many as 11 more arraigned as accused surrendered in court on Wednesday.
Incidents of violence on November 14 12 cases registered, 21 arrested
Incidents of violence on November 14
12 cases registered, 21 arrested