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24 migrant workers arrested for attack on police in Kochi

The Indian Express, India, 27 December 2021 - Twenty-four migrant workers were arrested on Sunday after they attacked a police team, which went to contain a clash that erupted among the workers during Christmas celebrations in Kochi, police said.

The incident took place at the labour camp of Kitex garments located in Kizhakkambalam area on Saturday night, police said.

“Of the arrested, 18 were made accused in attempt to murder case registered in connection with the attack on police and six others for case related to destroying police vehicles. More arrests would be made after ascertaining the involvement of other workers in the camp,” Ernakulam rural SP K Karthik said.

Earlier in the day, police said it took 150-odd workers into custody to identify who attacked officers and torched police vehicles Saturday night. An inspector was among five policemen who were injured. The seriously injured were hospitalised, Karthik said.

Kitex Group managing director, Sabu M Jacob said that the labour camp has 1,200 migrant workers. “The workers from Nagaland and Manipur conducted a Christmas carol on Saturday night at the camp… As it was late at night, another section of workers questioned the event, leading to a clash among the workers. The incident is unprecedented at the camp. They might have gone on a rampage under the influence of drugs or liquor,” Jacob said.

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Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/kerala/kerala-migrant-workers-police-attack-vehicles-fire-7691180/

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