Special team to probe attack on police personnel at Kizhakkambalam in Ernakulam

A special team led by Perumbavoor Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Anuj Paliwal has been constituted to probe the alleged attack on police personnel at Kizhakkambalam early on Sunday morning by workers from other States employed at a garment factory.

The 19-member team comprises two Inspectors and seven Sub Inspectors, the Ernakulam Rural police informed. A total of 156 workers from the factory were taken into custody and held at three different police stations under Ernakulam Rural. Their role, if any, in the attack, which left five personnel injured, is being ascertained.

In the meantime, senior police officers, including Deputy Inspector General Neeraj Kumar Gupta and District Police Chief (Ernakulam Rural) K. Karthik, visited the scene of attack near the workers’ camp and took stock of the situation. A total of 500 police personnel are camping at the site. Mr. Karthik said measures would be taken to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. Mr. Gupta and Mr. Paliwal visited the injured personnel at a private hospital.

Parties’ demand

Meanwhile, the unprecedented violence involving the workers of Kitex has turned political, with the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)]renewing their demand for a thorough probe against the company and the Twenty20 party controlled by it.

P.V. Sreenijin, legislator from the CPI(M) representing Kizhakkambalam, alleged in a conversation with The Hindu that there had been apprehensions of several unlawful activities which prompted him to seek an inquiry against the firm. “But then Sabu Jacob, Kitex MD, raised the bogey of harassment of business establishments and claimed Kerala was being investor-unfriendly. This forced the State to go for a compromise,” he said.

The demand for a probe against the company also found its echo on social media, with Congress and Left-leaning accounts flaying Twenty20 for allegedly trying to establish a neo-feudal stranglehold over the panchayat.

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