5 policemen injured, vehicles burnt as workers clash in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram, December 26, 2021
Five policemen, including a Circle Inspector, were injured after two groups of guest workers clashed with eachother at Kizhakkambalam in Ernakulam district of Kerala and also directed their ire at the police, setting police vehicles on fire.
The incident occurred on Saturday night following a dispute over a Christmas carol music team. Around 500 guest workers under the influence of alcohol working for a prominent private company in Kizhakkambalam fought against each other.
Police arrived at the scene and tried to disperse the crowd of clashing guest workers, who attacked the police with stones and rods. Five policemen were injured and have been admitted to the hospital.
The guest workers also burnt two police jeeps. A strong police contingent arrived at the scene and lathi-charged the workers and brought the situation under control.
Ernakulam Rural superintendent of police Karthik told mediapersons that 150 guest workers were arrested and are in police custody and cases have been registered against them.
He said that the situation got out of control after the two groups of workers got into a fight. Police arrived at the scene on getting information from the public. However, the police were also attacked, he added.