Kinalur – Kerala’s Nandigram ; Police terror in Kerala village

via With Inputs from Daily Pioneer published on May 6, 2010

Kozhikode: The police of the CPI(M)-led LDF Government on Thursday unleashed terror on the people of an entire village, Kinalur, in Kozhikode district following the instructions of Elamaram Kareem – The Industrial Minister.

The brutal violence was unleashed against public who exposed the nexus of CPM leaders and Real estate mafia when protesters tried to block Revenue Department officials who reached there for survey jobs for the construction of a 30-metre-wide four-lane road , where no mega-industrial projects were existing or proposed.

At present the only Industry there is of VKC Footwear owned by a former CPM MLA VKC Mammad Koya.At least 50 persons including women and elderly men were injured – some of them seriously – when the police used lathis, teargas shells and stun grenades to disperse the protestors who blocked the road to the village to prevent the survey team.  

The Government had earlier projected the plot as an industrial growth centre, but not even the Kozhikode district administration has any idea as to what sort of industrial units would come up there.

Policemen in riot gear were seen trying to break open house doors and beating up and abusing even old men. The law-enforcers, armed with canes and stones, also damaged vehicles parked in the courtyards of the houses.

The unfortunate incidents were a sequel to the announcement last week by Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem, a lieutenant of the neo-liberalist CPI(M) faction headed by secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, that the road would be built at any cost.

The local solidarity council, UDF and BJP have called for a hartal today in Balussery assembly constituency to protest against the `brutal police attack’ on protestors.

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