Probe ordered into police firing

Special Correspondent

KANNUR: A local court in Kasaragod has ordered the police to investigate the police firing in Kasaragod on November 15 which led to the death of a youth.

The First Class Magistrate Court ordered the police to conduct an inquiry into the incident on a complaint lodged by the victim’s father against the then Superintendent of Police, K. Ramdas Pothan, who admittedly opened fire from his service revolver to contain a mob. M. Shafeeque from Kaithakkad in Kasaragod had been killed in the firing after a mob of IUML workers who had gathered in the town in connection with a party function allegedly turned violent. Several people including police personnel had been injured in the incidents that day.

Magistrate P.J. Sebastian issued his order on a petition filed by Musthafa Haji, the victim’s father. Following the police firing, Mr. Pothan was shifted from the post and posted as Commandant of the KAP Battalion IV at Mangattuparamba in Kannur. The State government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident.

A United Democratic Front (UDF) panel headed by the Janata Dal leader M.P. Veerendrakumar had earlier alleged that the police firing was a clear case of police excess and a violation of human rights.

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