The District Police Superintendent on Monday suspended 21 policemen, reportedly belonging to the pro-Left wing of the Police Association, for the alleged scuffle leading to the postponement of the elections to the Kannur District Police Cooperative Society.
The election had erlier been scheduled to be held on Saturday. “Cops have been suspended in a case registered on my complaint,” DySP Sukumaran said. Eight more police personnel are expected to face action in the issue. Meanwhile, police association left wing leaders said that they would approach the High Court as the earlier verdict of the court was ignored during the election procedures on Saturday and said that they did not create any law and order issue during the election process on Saturday.
Sub-Inspectors Sajeevan and Radhakrishnan of Karikkottkkari and KAP camp respectively, ASIs Narayanan, Prabhakaran, Premadasan, and Rasheed of Mattannur, AR Camp, Pazhayangadi and Dahramadam stations, senior civil police officers Rajan, Aneesh, Gireesh, Krishnan, Prakash Kumar, Ramesan and Dinesan belonging to Aralam, Iritty, Kelakam, Chockli, Pariyaram, AR Camp, Kannur and Pazhayangady stations, Mahesh Kumar, driver, Panur police station, Rajesh of Reserve Police, civil police officer Pradeepan of AR camp are among those suspended.
The Left faction leaders of the Police Association said attempts were being made by pro-UDF police personnel to win cooperative society election through irregularities in the issuance of new voters id card and in the 6B registrar.
Voting Stalled The election to the cooperative society scheduled to be held on Saturday was postponed following the dispute between the pro-UDF and LDF supporters in the police.
District police superintendent Rahul R Nair said that the election was postponed as the original 6-B register containing the details of the voters, was not available with the police. A total of 4137 voters are the members in this society, but only around 2300 policemen had collected the new identity card.
As the police team led by Kannur DySP P Sukumaran could not controll the situation, district Police Chief Rahul R Nair and Kannur range IG Suresh Raj Purohit rushed to the spot. CPM MLA’s K K Narayanan and James Mathew also reached the society hall and discussed about the dispute with the SP and IG and it was decided to resume elections.
However, the UDF supporters stalled the voting, saying they could not allow illegal voters.