Sanilan in front of his shipyard | Photo: Print
Thrissur: Sanilan, owner of a shipyard, is now struggling to make both ends meet. A native of Thrissur’s Padiyur, Sanilan had set up the yard in Ernakulam in 2007 at an expense of Rs 25 crores, with the support of the government and department of industries. However, events took a drastic turn in 2016.
At the age of 16, Sanilan went to Mumbai to become a marine technician. In 2002, he fulfilled his dreams and set up a ship rearing factory in Dubai. Following which, he bought 65 cent of land in Ernakulam and constructed a shipyard.
In 2016, Sanilan’s life began to fall apart following certain issues regarding his newly bought land. He had to lodge complaints against some cops, who supported his rivals.
In a series of events which followed, Sanilan was nabbed by the police under false charges of torture of his daughter who fled home due to this. He was acquitted by the Irinjalakuda Court but was remanded in another case. With this, Sanilan’s visa got cancelled and business in Dubai went into huge loss.
“I had lodged a complaint citing mystery in the collapse of a shed in the shipyard but to no avail. I have filed five cases with the police complaint authority and the court against 12 policemen. Some of them were adamant that they will not let my shipyard function, until I withdraw my complaints”, said Sanilan, who is struggling even to pay the school fees of his four children.