KSEB office that was ravaged by CPM workers | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Palakkad: Five CPM workers, including local secretaries, were arrested for vandalising a KSEB office and beating up officers at Alathur here. Padoor CPM local secretary P C Pramod, Kavassery local secretary Rajaneesh, CPM activists Prasad, Radhakrishnan and Anoop were arrested by the police on Wednesday.
The strike supporters unleashed an attack on Alathur KSEB office on the day of the nationwide strike. The incident happened at around 12.30 pm on Tuesday. The strike supporters arrived in vehicles and beat up the officers brutally. They also destroyed the furniture and equipment at the office. Eight employees including the Assistant Engineer were injured in the attack. They were taken to Taluk Hospital later.
It is reported that five of the injured employees had recently shifted from CITU to INTUC. One employee is a member of BMS and another of CITU. The Assistant Engineer will retire next month. The employees said that they decided to come to the office to provide service for those in need as the government declared dies non on the days of strike.
Meanwhile, CPM leaders claimed that there were no forms of attack on that day and that there was merely just an intervention when an argument broke out between both parties.