KOCHI: The Njarakkal First Class Judicial Magistrate Court granted bail to 81 persons, including 67 women booked for rioting and unlawful assembly in connection with the stir against the proposed IOC LPG plant at Puthuvype on Sunday.
According to the police, the 81 persons were shifted to the Njarakkal Police Station from the AR police camp on their request. Though the police granted them station bail, they insisted on being produced before a court.
Following this, the police presented them before the First Class Judicial Magistrate Court in Njarakkal, where the protesters insisted on imprisonment. The court, however, granted them bail with a direction to report whenever required. The released include LPG Terminal Virudha Janakeeya Samara Samithi Chairman M B Jaya Ghosh.
The persons released on bail were accorded a reception at Njarakkal on Monday evening and the protesters staged a demonstration. Kerala Congress (Jacob) leader Anoop Jacob MLA has demanded a judicial inquiry into the alleged police brutality against the protesters. “There was no provocation for the police lathi-charge. This is puzzling.
"The local residents have been staging a peaceful protest for a few years,” he said after visiting the area on Monday.
Meanwhile, Kerala Congress (Jacob) Chairman Johny Nelloor alleged the brutal lathi-charge by police has shocked the conscience of Kerala.