Thamarassery forest office attack: Case diary goes missing amid trial 

TK Balanarayanan 

Thamarassery forest range office attack | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kozhikode: The case diary (CD), a comprehensive investigation report, maintained by the police in connection with the Thamarassery forest department office attack case, has gone missing.

As per reports, the CD which was kept at the Thamarassery police station and DySP office went ‘invisible’ amid the trial in the Kozhikode Additional Sessions Court (Marad Court).

The incident pertaining to the case took place on November 15, 2013. On that day, a group of people, protesting against the implementation of the Kasturirangan report attacked the office, set fire to government files and assaulted the office employees.

In the absence of the CD, investigating officials, prosecution advocates, prosecution witnesses among others are finding it difficult to testify in the court.

With this, the additional public prosecutor filed a request with the Marad Court seeking a copy of the chargesheet and related documents submitted by the Thamarassery police.

Meanwhile, the DySP, who probed the case initially, testified before the court that the CD went missing and the court has recorded the statement.

What happened in 2013?

According to the case, a group of people stormed the forest range office and set ablaze office files and government vehicles. As per government data, there has been a loss of Rs 77.09 lakh in the attacks.

Initially, the case was investigated by then Thamarassery DySP Jaison K Abraham. Later, he retired from service.

There are a total of 37 accused in the case, including 13 minors.

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