Kannur: A poultry farm has been destroyed and its owner brutally assaulted at Mattannur near here, in what is seen as a fallout of CPM infighting. Around 1,500 chicken perished as the goons, sent allegedly by a local CPM leader, shuttered the farm and left them to die without feed or water.
O K Fareed, 30, of Munderi, Kannur, who had been running a chicken farm at Kolappa, Koodali, for the past four years, was stripped, tied up to a coconut tree with his own dhoti and beaten black and blue by party goons. Fingers are pointed at a CPM leader from Koodali, where party infighting has intensified of late
Mattannur police have charged a case, but there has been no further action. Fareed's kin are planning to file a complaint with the party district committee.
Fareed says the accused leader had been seeking favours from him right from the day he started the business. He had accepted several gifts, but of late the business had been in loss and the farm was facing confiscation. The leader was angry that Fareed could not anymore afford to provide him with anything.
Two weeks ago, some migrant labourers at the farm were beaten up. CPM workers from a faction opposed to the leader asked Fareed to lodge a complaint with the police, but he did not. He called the leader and told him there was pressure from within the party itself to complain against him, and pleaded that he be left alone.
The leader said he was unaware of the attack, but pressed Fareed to reveal the names of CPM workers who asked him to file the complaint. Fareed refused.
The farm was shuttered by a five goons the very next day, when Fareed was away in Mangaluru. On return, Fareed approached them and pleaded with them to open the farm. The gang asked him to name those who asked him to go to the police.
Fareed sneaked into his farm the next day to feed the chicken. That is when the gang arrived and thrashed him.
The police have also received a message sent by Fareed to the local leader, threatening suicide if he doesn't allow the farm to be reopened. A petition filed by Fareed's brother, seeking police protection to reopen the farm, also names the leader.
The leader had reportedly sought the post of Panchayat president and had come out in open protest against the district secretary when he was denied it. The same gang of goons has been accused of trying to assault the current panchayat president six months back.