Vizhinjam police station attack: Police book 3000 people, FIR cites damages worth Rs 85 lakh 

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Thiruvananthapuram: Police registered a case against 3000 people for attacking Vizhinjam police station here on Monday. The FIR registered revealed damages worth Rs 85 lakh.

Police slapped charges, including unlawful assembly, rioting and damaging public property.

The angry mob had threatened the police of torching the police station if the anti-port protesters are not released from jail. The police officials were held hostage by the agitators who vandalised the police station.

According to the FIR, the attack on the police station was part of a conspiracy and the accused planned to kill the cops. The agitators barged into the police station on Sunday demanding release of five people booked for blocking vehicles to the port site on Friday. In order to control the angry mob, police released four of the accused.

An all-party meeting chaired by the district collector will be held on Monday at noon to discuss the issue.

A mob of agitators led by the Latin Catholic church Sunday night attacked Vizhinjam police station here in protest against the construction of Adani port, injuring at least 29 policemen and damaging police vehicles.

The mob targeted the police station using sticks and bricks, and attacked police officers after a person was arrested and a few others were taken into custody in connection with the violent protests on November 26.

"At least 29 policemen have been injured and admitted to various hospitals," a special branch police official told PTI.

Considering the sensitive situation prevailing in the area, the Kerala government has deployed more police officials from other districts.

The agitators also attacked media persons who were present at the site. ACV local channel camera person, Sherif M John was attacked by the protesters, who damaged his camera and snatched his cellphone. He has been shifted to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital.

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