Kozhikode: Union Minister of state for home
affairs Mullapplly Ramachandran on Sunday sought a comprehensive
probe into alleged "excesses" by police on May 6 against some
people, who were protesting a survey for road widening of
Kinalur industrial park in the district.
"Everyone is bound to welcome process of development. But
it is wrong to adopt repressive action or to harass on those
opposing works in the guise of development," he told reporters.
It appeared that residents near the proposed park had
concerns over acquiring land for developing it and the State
government sound clear their apprehensions, he said.
No one, in particular marginalised sections, should be
penalised in the name of bringing development, he said.
On reports that the some Maoist ultras had a hand in the
protests, he said the Centre would look into the matter if the
State Government came out with credible proof.
Over 20 persons, including six policemen, were injured in
the lathicharge and stone-pelting by protestors that day.
Meanwhile, Kerala Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem hit out
at a section of media for putting out "biased" reports,
accusing him of showing largesse to land mafia groups by
setting up industrial park in the locality.
Minister V S Achuthanandan has sought a report on the
incident from the District Collector.