The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the police to provide protection to a 74-year-old woman and her son, who had given land for setting up a mobile tower at Chambakkara in Kochi.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice A M Shaffique passed the order on a petition filed by Lilly Antony of Chambakkara and her son Manuel seeking police protection.
The petitioners submitted that members of the Chambakkara Residents’ Association were not allowing them to enter their property.
The Bench pointed out that photographs filed along with the affidavit clearly indicate that members of the residents’ association have gone to the extent of cooking food in front of the house of the petitioner raising slogans and banners.
“If the action of the petitioners is in anyway illegal or unlawful, the association is entitled to take suitable action, but not in the manner shown in the photographs produced before the court,” the Bench observed.
The court held that the police are duty bound to stop such unruly actions of citizens towards their fellowmen. The court also considered the documents regarding objections by the local authority.
The court said the documents do not give any right to the association to create nuisance.
The petitioners are placed in an unfortunate situation as the police are mute spectators of the entire drama.
“If such actions are encouraged in residential colonies, can law-abiding citizens live peacefully,” it asked.
The court deprecated the inaction of the police and directed them to give proper and effective protection to the petitioners.
The association submitted that they would not repeat any action of the nature complained in the petition.
“The protest against the setting up of mobile tower will be carried out without taking law into our hands,” the association submitted.