Monday, January 25, 2010

Police to investigate the police firing in Kasaragod on November 15

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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