THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: District Collector K N Satheesh on Thursday asked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to conduct a police probe into the incident in which an infant lost its life at the adoption centre of the Kerala State Child Welfare Council (KSCWC) here.
In his report submitted to the CM on Thursday night, the Collector said that police probe was inevitable as the administrative officer of the council had suspected a foul play in the incident.
The administrative officer in his report to the Collector said that the former general secretary of the council had given `1,000 to select staff, when he visited the office on March 25.
The adoption centre has been witnessing power struggle for some time. The tussle began after its executive committee members were disqualified by the government for carrying out an illegal construction in the council building.
The government, in its order issued on January 28, had also nominated two new members to the executive committee. A case in this regard is going on at the High Court.
The court on Wednesday had directed the District Collector to take charge of the council administration.
K N Satheesh, who was supposed to take charge at 3 pm on Thursday, however, didn’t assume the office following the incident.
It is also alleged that the council is facing an acute staff shortage. Only seven ayahs were present at the adoption centre where 55 children are housed.