Senkumarspeak: Terror threat to PM is reason behind police action against Puthuvype protesters

State police chief DGP T P Senkumar on Tuesday cited terror threat during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kochi to launch metro service as the reason behind the police action on June 16 agains

Published: 21st June 2017 07:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2017 07:35 AM   |  A+A-

Fire still burns bright: Protesters, who were hospitalised after the police action, are being brought back to the strike venue at Puthuvype on Tuesday| express

By Express News Service

KOCHI: State police chief DGP T P Senkumar on Tuesday cited terror threat during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kochi to launch metro service as the reason behind the police action on June 16 against the Puthuvype IOC LPG terminal protesters.

Senkumar also said extremist elements worked behind the agitation. “Outsiders have been involved in the protest and the presence of extremist elements cannot be ruled out,” said Senkumar. “There was a terror threat during PM Modi’s visit to the city. The agitators tried to create problem on the PM’s route forcing the police to take action against them,” he said.

Without divulging details about the terror module, the DGP said: “There was no intimation of any such protests. The PM’s motorcade was scheduled to pass through the route within the next 24 hours. Moreover, the VVIP visit was carried out under the cloud of a terror threat, which could not have been disclosed at that time. DCP Yathish Chandra’s action should be viewed in the backdrop of these developments.”  Senkumar gave a clean chit to Chandra in the incident related to lathi charge on protestors at the High Court Junction on June 16. “The DCP was not a part of the police team which had clashed with the protesters at Puthuvype. The police have a clear mandate to give adequate security to the proposed project,” he said.

The DGP also met top police officers to discuss the Puthuvype issue on Tuesday. Senkumar examined video footage of clashes between the police and the protesters and sought explanations from Chandra and Rural SP A V George on his remarks. Kochi Range I G P Vijayan has sought a report from the City Police Commissioner and Rural SP on the allegations of outside intervention in the Puthuvype protests and attempts to sabotage the IOC project.

Puthuvype stir leaves IOC in a fix

Kochi: The Indian Oil Corporation that’s making a major backward integration investment in Kerala, perhaps its biggest till now, is perplexed as to what it should do next to get moving in the state. The C2,200 crore LPG Import Terminal project which has been planned to take off is hanging fire as protesters have taken to the streets. Ahead of the talks convened by CM Pinarayi Vijayan with the stakeholders on Wednesday in Thiruvanthapuram, IOC said it has been investing significantly to improve the public infrastructure at Puthuvype. “We have built school classrooms at Puthuvype spending C25 lakh from our CSR fund. Last year, we spent Rs 2.5 crore in Kerala for CSR activities. For this fiscal, we have decided to spend Rs 4.5 crore for CSR activities and to take the people of Puthuvype into confidence, we are ready to invest a significant portion of that amount in the island,” an IOC officer told Express.

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