KOCHI: As many as 6,354 persons with criminal background were examined and 628 arrested as part of a special drive by the police to crackdown those involved in anti-social activities.
More than 652 cases were registered against goondas involved in anti-social activities. The drive was as per the direction of Kochi Range IG P Vijayan and carried out by district police chiefs at Kochi city, Ernakulam rural, Kottayam, Idukki and Alappuzha.
Legal action was initiated against 222 persons involved in criminal activities such as consuming liquor in public places, creating public nuisance under the influence of alcohol, possession of drugs and its sales and gambling.
As many as 1,222 persons, against whom arrest warrants had been issued, were brought to book, said the police. Besides, Kerala Anti-social Activities Prevention Act (Kaapa) was slapped against eight persons.
The arrests of the accused are in the period between February 15 and February 28.