Munnar: Devikulam witnessed tense moments after revenue officials who went to clear encroachments in the area were stopped by CPM workers, who reportedly hurled abuses at subcollector Sriram Venkitaraman.
The subcollector's stand that he will leave only after clearing the land created a tense situation. It is alleged that party workers led by Suresh hurled abuses at the official. The police were not willing to arrest Suresh even after the subcollector asked them to do so.
Later, the police registered the arrest of Suresh only to let him off soon. He was let off because revenue officials said they did not have a complaint.
District collector G.R. Gokul said that action would be taken against police personnel who did not follow the subcollector's order. He also asked the police to register a case against those who stopped revenue officials.
The chief secretary had been appraised of the situation. The subcollector would submit a report.
Revenue minister E. Chandrashekharan telephoned chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and asked for police protection for his officials. After the standoff, CPM workers removed their sheds from the encroached land.