Ramachandran seeks comprehensive probe into police action
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 09, 2010, 18:19
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.


First Published: Sunday, May 09, 2010, 18:19

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