Kerala Police arrest 8 AAI fire officials

Kerala Police arrest 8 AAI fire officials

Kerala Police arrest 8 AAI fire officials
Eight fire and safety officials of the Airports Authority of India were arrested today in connection with the June 10 violent incidents which claimed the life of a CISF jawan at Karipur airport near here.

Police said they were arrested this afternoon under various IPC sections, including 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). The airport was temporarily shut down after the clash between CISF and fire department officials of AAI following an argument over frisking of some personnel around 9.40 pm on June 10.

"In the ensuing scuffle, a firearm belonging to a CISF personnel went off killing a CISF head-constable while the official who was holding the firearm sustained burn injuries on hand and he is hospitalised. The scuffle continued for some time," an official release had said.

Yesterday, Forensic officials went to the airport to probe the shooting incident in which CISF jawan Jaipal Yadav was killed. The airport was closed for at least six hours and flight operations resumed only on July 11.

Meanwhile, ADGP (North Zone) N Shankar Reddy submitted a preliminary report on the violence to Director General of Police. "A preliminary report on what exactly happened was furnished to DGP," Reddy told PTI.

"Everything is on CCTV," Reddy said when asked who was responsible for the violence and gun shot that followed. "The incident is involving two Central government organisations. We will go by evidence and will follow up with legal procedures," Reddy added.

Meanwhile, AAI Employees Union today demanded an impartial probe into the violent incidents at the Karipur airport. Union General Secretary Balram Singh told reporters at Kozhikode that AAI employees taken into custody by police were "innocent".

Alleging that police was trying to falsely implicate the Fire and Rescue service personnel in the case, he said they were hesitating to take action against CISF jawans who had gone on the rampage soon after the death of their colleague.  

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